App-Based Mindfulness Intervention to Improve Psychological Outcomes in Pretransplant Patients With Heart Failure

Author(s): Elizabeth Vandenbogaart, DNP, RN, CNS, ACNP-BC, Anna Gawlinski, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, ACNP-BC, Karen A. Grimley, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Mary Ann Lewis, DrPH, FNP, Carol Pavlish, PhD, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2026

Topics: Behavioral/Psychosocial

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Patients hospitalized with life-threatening conditions experience psychological stressors that can lead to anxiety and poor patient outcomes. Current treatment for hospitalized patients with advanced heart failure (HF) awaiting transplant focuses on intensive medical interventions to maintain physiological stability and pharmacological options to improve psychological well-being. Mindfulness stress reduction interventions have been shown to decrease stress and anxiety with sustained effect. This article describes a project that explores whether a brief, evidence-based mindfulness intervention via an app, as a complement to standard treatment, would improve the patient experience by decreasing stress and anxiety and increasing resilience among hospitalized patients with HF awaiting transplant.


  • Identify the psychological variables that can impact outcomes for hospitalized patients with heart failure awaiting transplantation.
  • Describe the evidence-based benefits of mindfulness as an intervention.
  • Apply the steps involved in implementing a nurse-led mindfulness intervention.

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