The study was an initial exploration of the effects that an 8-week, internationally standardised course in mindfulness meditation may have on undergraduate nursing students (n=30). Outcomes assessed included stress (Perceived Stress Scale) and orientation to life (Sense of Coherence-13 Questionnaire), whilst focus groups were conducted after the course to explore other elements of participant experience including academic work, clinical placement, and feedback on course format and delivery.
Study results demonstrated statistically significant improvements in perceived stress and orientation to life, with effect sizes calculated ranging from moderate to high.
Focus groups generated four themes concerned with participant experience and intervention optimisation: Seeing Anew; Integrating mindfulness into daily life; Reflecting on course alignment with BNurs curriculum; and Course logistics.
The impact of this research project is three-fold: regular mindfulness is now delivered to student nurses through DNMSW student support; elements of mindfulness are planned for inclusion within the new BNurs curriculum currently in development; patients of student participants may have received an improved quality of care delivery.