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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Fostering Resilience in Healthcare
Professionals Who Are Also Moms
The support groups
offered comfort and
advice as needed,
building shared
experiences with
genuineness and
reciprocity.

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olleague support groups
helped reduce stress in a study
of four types of healthcare
professionals who are mothers.
"Fostering Resilience Among
Mothers Under Stress: 'Authentic
Connections Groups' for Medical
Professionals," in Women's Health
Issues, finds that mothers who are
healthcare professionals - physicians,
physician assistants, PhD clinicians

and nurse practitioners - could
significantly reduce stress by participating in supportive groups at work.
A study of Authentic Connections
Groups (ACGs) involved weekly
sessions at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona
over a three-month period in 2015.
Forty mothers on staff were randomly
assigned to one of two groups: 12
weekly one-hour sessions in ACGs
or 12 weekly hours of time to use as
desired (control group).
The ACGs provided "comfort,
solace and advice as needed, building
what some called a 'secret sisterhood' of shared experiences with
genuineness and reciprocity in the
relationship," lead author Suniya
Luthar, a foundation professor
of psychology at Arizona State
University, says in a related article in
Social Work Helper. "These factors
help build resilience for professional

mothers who are under great daily
stress, with substantial dual demands
at work and at home," she adds.
The shared experiences and
bonding in the ACGs helped lower
participants' stress levels. They had
significantly greater improvements in
depression and global symptoms than
the control group. "Relative gains were
still more pronounced three months
after the program ended," the article
adds.
Study limitations include the short
follow-up period and the small sample
size, "yet this very factor renders our
findings more compelling, because
almost all outcomes showed statistically significant gains in ACG mothers
versus controls," the study adds.
REFERENCE: Luthar SS. Curlee A, Tye SJ, Engelman JC,
Stonnington CM. Fostering resilience among mothers
under stress: Authentic Connections Groups for medical
professionals [published online April 13, 2017]. Womens
Health Issues. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2017.02.007.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2017

Another Angle
Pres Note Front Teaser
Masthead
New Online Toolkit Shows Crucial Roles of Nurses in Serious Illness Communication
Oct. 31 Deadline to Apply for AACN Research Grants
PCCN or CCRN: Which Certification Is Right for You?
Failed Resuscitations May Increase Stress for Nurses
Updated Cardiac Nursing Course and CMC Review Course Online
New Behavior-Based Pain Assessment Tool
Hospital Rooftop Is a Hive of Activity
Former ICU Nurse Collects 100K Objects for Medical Mosaic
Interventions Reduce Wrong-Patient Orders in NICUs
Increasing Acceptance of Pediatric Telemedicine
The Privilege of Nursing
Effects of Dexmedetomidine
Seizure Risk Much Higher for Sepsis Survivors
Studies Provide Insights Into Reducing Opioid Use
Short-Term Oral Corticosteroids Increase Risk of Adverse Effects
Hospital Staff Becoming Product Innovators
Addressing Barriers to APRN Practice
Survival Rates Higher During Joint Commission Surveys
Effect of Rudeness on Pediatric Team Performance
Glasgow Coma Scale Stands the Test of Time
ECRI Introduces Patient Identification Tools
Reducing Risk Factors in Pediatric Delirium
Bundle Compliance Increases Survival, Reduces Delirium
Fostering Resilience in Healthcare Professionals Who Are Also Moms
Members: Enhance Your Career With an AACN Scholarship
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Bold Voices - August 2017 - Cover1
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Cover2
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Pres Note Front Teaser
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Masthead
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Oct. 31 Deadline to Apply for AACN Research Grants
Bold Voices - August 2017 - PCCN or CCRN: Which Certification Is Right for You?
Bold Voices - August 2017 - 7
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Updated Cardiac Nursing Course and CMC Review Course Online
Bold Voices - August 2017 - New Behavior-Based Pain Assessment Tool
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Former ICU Nurse Collects 100K Objects for Medical Mosaic
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Increasing Acceptance of Pediatric Telemedicine
Bold Voices - August 2017 - The Privilege of Nursing
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Bold Voices - August 2017 - Seizure Risk Much Higher for Sepsis Survivors
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Short-Term Oral Corticosteroids Increase Risk of Adverse Effects
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Addressing Barriers to APRN Practice
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Effect of Rudeness on Pediatric Team Performance
Bold Voices - August 2017 - ECRI Introduces Patient Identification Tools
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Bundle Compliance Increases Survival, Reduces Delirium
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Members: Enhance Your Career With an AACN Scholarship
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Transitions
Bold Voices - August 2017 - President’s Note
Bold Voices - August 2017 - Cover3
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