Discuss about the Group Drumming as Burnout Prevention.
Burnout of health professionals when working with mentally ill patients is a form of stress but occurs due to exposure to a new event and is always associated with the workplace. It is important that creative activities that reduce burnout among nurses working with mentally ill patients or those working at the oncology ward be used to address the problem. The objective is to improve the well-being and the quality of life.
In a study at a hospital in Lithuania, nurses were offered to an opportunity to attend sessions on silk painting. Five different time slots were available and depending on their work schedules they could choose the slot as per their convenience. It gave them a chance to express their creativity, relax and socialize with their peers. The classes were scheduled once a week and the outcomes for the nursing staff in the interventional group as compared to the control group were much better. They felt part of community, safe at work, more energetic, could relax after work, and were happier. They felt less nervous, calm and peaceful and their life was more meaningful, they could resolve work problems more easily than before and experienced less bodily pain than before. More optimistic about the future, cheerful, interested in other people, and could find solutions to problems in a better way (Karpaviciute & Macijauskien, 2016).
At a public mental health unit in South Africa also reported favourable outcomes for the health care professionals working in a high stress environment when they attended group drumming classes. They felt part of a team, it improved their mood, they found an escape from trauma and experienced better emotional health (Newman, Maggott, & Alexander, 2015).
Karpaviciute, S., & Macijauskien, J. (2016). The Impact of Arts Activity on Nursing Staff. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13, 435; doi:10.3390/ijerph13040435.
Newman, G., Maggott, C., & Alexander, D. (2015). Group drumming as a burnout prevention initiative among staff members at a child and adolescent mental health care facility. South African Journal of Psychology , 45(4):439-451.