Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Using mindfulness meditation intermixed with humor to reduce anxiety among nursing students during clinical practice
by O'Brien, Denise A., Ph.D., Capella University, 2013, 141; 3590551
Abstract (Summary)

Clinical nursing practice requires intensive education, yet anxiety can interfere with student learning. A gap exists in the nursing literature on how nursing students can manage anxiety during clinical practice. Since the clinical portion of nursing education may be especially anxiety provoking for nursing students, a new teaching strategy has been developed to help reduce anxiety during clinical practice. In this quasi-experimental research study, a new teaching strategy known as mindfulness meditation intermixed with humor was used for four weeks with nursing students to examine whether there was a reduction in anxiety during clinical practice. A sample of 73 male and female junior and senior nursing students from a nursing program at a university in the southern region of the United States completed pretest and posttest questionnaires, which included the Spielberger's State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS), and the Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale (MSHS). One-way ANOVA and correlation analysis were conducted to assess whether gender, race, and age were significantly related to the measures of STAI, MSHS, and MAAS scores. The findings indicated there was a significant reduction in STAI scores when participants were exposed to the new teaching strategy, which indicated a reduction in anxiety levels of junior and senior clinical nursing students. The results also signified a significant increase in the MAAS and MSHS scores, which revealed that participants became more mindful and humorous when exposed to the new teaching strategy. Implications include the use of mindfulness meditation intermixed with humor being implemented by nurse educators as a teaching strategy in clinical nursing courses to help reduce anxiety levels.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pilcher, Jobeth
Commitee: Akin-Palmer, Judy, Thompson, Cesarina
School: Capella University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Education, Nursing
Keywords: Clinical practice, Humor, Mindfulness meditation, Nurse educator, Nursing students, Reduce anxiety
Publication Number: 3590551
ISBN: 9781303303289