Embodied practices are central to the cultivation of nursing presence, but are rarely taught in nursing programs. This study proposed the use of brief embodied learning practices embedded in a nursing course. It quantitatively and qualitatively examined the impact of such a program experienced by 22 first-semester students in a registered nursing program. Embodied meditation (e.g., sensing and shifting attention to the body) and inquiry exercises (e.g., interacting with others while remaining fully present in oneself) were introduced in theory and skill lab classes during an 8-week Foundations of Nursing course taught in the spring semester of 2017. Fourteen students completed the embodied learning program as well as pretest and posttest questionnaires. Eighty-six percent of participants reported increased scores on embodied presence as measured by the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ). Their posttest score on the FFMQ was greater than their pretest score with a moderate to high effect size (p < .05, d = .75). A majority of participants reported positive changes in their wellbeing, learning ability, learning outcomes, relationships with patients, and satisfaction with the instruction of embodied learning, as measured by an Impact Questionnaire. Participants’ satisfaction with embodied learning was greater than their satisfaction with conventional instruction (p < .05). The study found a positive correlation between increases in participants’ FFMQ scores and their overall exam scores in the course (p < .01). Qualitative data from a focus group aligned with the quantitative findings. The results suggest practice guidelines for teaching embodiment within the context of content learning in nursing courses.
|Commitee:||Jordan, Margaret M., Stiles, Kim A.|
|School:||California Institute of Integral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education, Adult education, Health education, Curriculum development|
|Keywords:||Embodied learning, Learning outcomes, Nursing education, Nursing presence, Wellbeing|
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