Date of Award

Spring 5-28-2022

Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Kathy James, DNSc, APRN, FAAN

Second Advisor

Kevin Maxwell, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC


It has been recognized healthcare professionals experience high levels of stress at work with many working in environments characterized by high productivity targets, overtime, customer aggression, continuous organizational changes, and employee shortages. Mindfulness-based interventions such as mobile based meditation applications have gained popularity in the workplace given their potential benefits in decreasing workplace related stress, their ease of use, and cost-effectiveness. The purpose of this evidence based project (EBP) project was to reduce perceived workplace stress and to increase mindfulness using a mobile meditation application. Employees of an outpatient psychiatric clinic used the mobile meditation application Smiling Mind to meditate for 10 minutes for 30 days. Workplace stress was measured by the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and increase in mindfulness was measured by the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS). Questionnaires were completed pre- and post-intervention. At the end of the 30 days, participants experienced a decrease in the PSS scores of 36% and an increase in the MAAS scores of 24%. Participants reported feeling less stressed at work, improvement in their mental well-being, and enhanced work performance. Many participants continued to use the mobile application after completion of intervention.

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Nursing Commons