Evaluating the effects of a brief mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention on the experience of stress in after-degree nursing students

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Marthiensen, Robert Gary
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences
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Lethbridge, Alta : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences
This study evaluated the effectiveness of mindfulness in helping after-degree nursing students manage stress. Two 4-hour brief Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR-B) training sessions were delivered involving sitting meditation, yoga, and body scan. Participants used the techniques 30 minutes per day for four weeks. Qualitative, individual, semi-structured interviews were conducted after the 4-week practice period. Most felt the intervention structure was effective for learning MBSR-B. The benefit of MBSR-B was stronger for some, likely related to individual learning styles, comfort with self-discovery and sharing. The group setting helped maintain focus and accountability, but could also inhibit sharing. All participants indicated mindfulness helped reduce their stress. Enhanced self-awareness resulted in early detection of stress, ability to change negative perception, development of self-compassion, acceptance of competence, immediate addressing of stress, and use of internal coping mechanisms. Findings indicate this type of stress management support may benefit after-degree nursing students, which may prove useful when developing nursing curriculums.
after-degree nursing student , brief , mindfulness , stress , stress management