The effect of aromatherapy massage with music on the stress and anxiety levels of emergency nurses

Davis, Cathy, Cooke, Marie, Holzhauser, Kerri, Jones, Mark and Finucane, Julie (2005) The effect of aromatherapy massage with music on the stress and anxiety levels of emergency nurses. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 8 1-2: 43-50. doi:10.1016/j.aenj.2005.05.001

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Author Davis, Cathy
Cooke, Marie
Holzhauser, Kerri
Jones, Mark
Finucane, Julie
Title The effect of aromatherapy massage with music on the stress and anxiety levels of emergency nurses
Journal name Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1328-2743
Publication date 2005-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aenj.2005.05.001
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 8
Issue 1-2
Start page 43
End page 50
Total pages 8
Editor J. Friendship
Place of publication Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject 321103 Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care)
321399 Complementary/Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
321100 Nursing
730302 Nursing
730208 Occupational health (excl. economic development aspects)
321199 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Abstract Introduction: Emergency department staff are subject to significant stressors during their work. Recent studies have provided links between high levels of stress and sick leave. Nurses who work in emergency and intensive care units and new graduates suffer from high levels of stress. This research evaluated the use of aromatherapy massage and music as an intervention to decrease the occupational stress and anxiety levels of emergency nurses. Methods: The study used a one group pretest-posttest, quasi-experimental design with random assignment. The degree of perceived occupational stress was assessed pre and post 12 weeks of aromatherapy massage and music. Anxiety levels were measured pre and post each massage session. The number of sick leave was also measured. Results: The findings indicate that aromatherapy massage and music significantly reduced anxiety levels. Although occupational stress levels were high in relation to workload there was no significant difference following the 12-week period of the intervention. Discussion: The use of a simple and time effective on-site stress reduction strategy significantly reduced nurses' anxiety levels. Regular on-site aromatherapy massage with music has the potential to increase the job satisfaction of the staff and decrease the number of sick leave. Further research examining the result of regular on site massage would be useful in determining long-term effects.
Keyword occupational stress
emergency nurses
aromatherapy massage
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Additional Notes Originally published as Cathy Davis, Marie Cooke, Kerri Holzhauser, Mark Jones and Julie Finucane (2005) The Effect of Aromatherapy Massage with Music on the Stress and Anxiety Levels of Emergency Nurses, Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 8: 43-50. Copyright 2005 Elsevier. All rights reserved.

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