Vanderbilt University Medical Center
The use of essential oils was approved at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after implementing a research model which analyzed the direct effects of diffusing essential oils in the hospital environment for the perceived outcome of stress reduction and increased energy levels. The staff was surveyed for 30 days pre and post implementation. Before the use of essential oils 41% of the staff felt work related stress very often, after the use of essential oils only 3% felt work related stress very often. The feelings of being overwhelmed changed from 25% very often before implementation to 2% after implementation. Feelings of being well equipped to handle stressors at work changed from 13% very often before implementation to 58% after implementation. Perceptions of staff optimal energy level increased from 33% to 77%. Following the implementation of the essential oil initiative, 84% of the staff strongly agreed and 10% agreed that diffusing essential oils contributed to a more positive work environment.
Oils that Vanderbilt University Medical Center diffuses intermittently: