Document Type

DNP Project

Publication Date

9-16-2019

Abstract

Throughout the country, Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) are experiencing stress at an alarming rate. While stress is unavoidable, it tends to upset academic and clinical performance and overall health. This project was the implementation of mindfulness meditation among nurse anesthesia students to decrease stress and anxiety and improve self-awareness. The implementation of mindfulness meditation among nurse anesthesia students to decrease stress and anxiety and improve self-awareness will subsequently enhance the ability to learn. Literature supports the effects and importance of mindfulness interventions to reduce stress, anxiety, improve self-efficacy, resiliency and general health. Mindfulness interventions are not routinely incorporated into graduate nursing curricula; therefore, students are not learning these types of stress reduction techniques needed on a day-to-day basis. This study selected a convenience sample of nurse anesthesia students enrolled in the only two programs in Indiana. A pre/postsurvey via the Perceived Stress Scale-14 along with instructions to download the Mindfulness app to a mobile device and utilize it for 10 minutes a day for 14 days. Upon completion of the mindfulness meditation implementation, a reassessment of the perceived stress level of each participant was administered post-final exams of the spring semester. Findings suggest that the implementation of the Mindfulness app for meditation can be fundamentally related to decreased perceived stress and improve self-awareness among nurse anesthesia students.

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