Objective: Determine the feasibility and acceptability of aromatherapy patches for increasing staff satisfaction by decreasing perceived feelings of stress, anxiety, fatigue, and feeling overwhelmed.
Methods: A feasibility study using quantitative and qualitative analysis of oncology nurse responses to survey questions. In total, thirteen nurses completed the study. In addition to questions regarding anxiety, stress etc., participants were asked for demographic information and to share reasons for participation.
Results: Themes emerging included curiosity and a desire to promote evidence-based practice. Approximately half of the participants had not used aromatherapy before. Statistical analysis incorporated absolute and relative frequencies as well as the paired t-test. All variables except feeling energized and motivated showed statistically significant change after intervention (anxiety, fatigue, stress, overwhelmed p values = .001, .012, .001, .026 respectively)
Conclusions: This study confirms that there is interest in aromatherapy and use of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) methods for wellbeing. It also suggests that use of aromatherapy during work hours may boost staff satisfaction and possibly impact positive patient experience thereby helping to meet the challenge of delivering high quality care. Repeating this study with a larger pool of participants and a stronger tool for data assessment is recommended.