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Name of Media:

NIHR Alert: Training for clinical competence and resilience reduced job strain among intensive care nurses in France


El Khamali R, Mouaci A, Valera S

Publisher or Source:

NIHR Evidence

Type of Media:

Medical Journal

Media Originally for:

Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals

Country of Origin:


Primary Focus of Media:

Pre-Use of PICS Designation

COVID-19 Related:



A five-day educational course showed potential to reduce work-based stress and burnout among nurses working in intensive care units in France. The study conducted in multiple adult intensive care units aimed to identify the effects of an intensive, continuing medical education program on occupational stress.

The course focussed on nursing theory, role-play and debriefing sessions. Six months after attending the programme, intensive care unit nurses showed reduced levels of job strain compared to their counterparts who had not received the course.

This study showed that a relatively short programme of training helped to reduce stress, sick leave and improve staff retention among intensive care unit nurses in the short- to medium-term. It is not known whether these effects have a lasting impact. This was a small-scale study of 198 nurses with different education and training systems. The results may need adapting and validating within a UK setting, but this study provides a useful addition to a growing evidence base on workplace learning and wellbeing.

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