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Mindfulness Meditation Essay

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Using Mindfulness Meditation to improve Academic Performance and
Mental Health among Nursing Students
Nursing students report higher levels of anxiety than the overall population of college students, in part due to heavy course loads, rigorous exams, long hours of clinical experiences, and ongoing pressure to get good grades in a very competitive environment. The educational goals of the academic nursing program are to cultivate students’ creative and critical thinking abilities and promote continuous self-development (Song, Y., et al 2015). Thus, nursing students must not only endure burdensome theoretical learning, but also experience clinical practice. Myriad stressors exist in nursing students’ experiences, including meeting professional …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that nursing students report higher levels of anxiety than the overall population of college students due to heavy course loads, rigorous exams, long hours of clinical experiences, and ongoing pressure to get good grades.
  • Explains that despite stressors and demands nursing students experience as they begin clinical practice, study findings support the use of mindfulness meditation intervention.
  • Explains that nursing students experience stress, mood changes, and cognition disturbance that negatively impact their academic success, but little is being done to address this issue.
  • Explains that mindfulness meditation is a means of sensory detachment and reducing bias in one’s perception of the world; it cultivates self-awareness, non-judgement, and compassion towards oneself and others.
  • Opines that teaching mindfulness meditation techniques to nursing students may be one way to help them manage stress, improve academic performance, and mental health.

According to American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) (2009), “one third of nursing students experience stress severe enough to induce mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.” Therefore, it is imperative that we address these high levels of distress among nursing students, since excessive anxiety in nursing students can have negative health, academic, and patient care outcomes, as well as impact future role transition into professional practice; including burnout and poor job performance (Foureur, M., et al., 2013). One method that has been investigated to improve nursing students’ mental health is mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation is derived from Vipassana meditation in Buddhism, which is defined as a process of focusing one’s mind in the present moment, maintaining a nonjudgmental attitude, and detaching from destructive thoughts and feelings (Dryden & Still, 2006). Nursing Students can …show more content…

Variants of mindfulness meditation have been incorporated into Western psychology and have shown evidence of improving mental health (Goyal et al., 2014). For example, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs have been effective in alleviating depression, anxiety, and chronic pain (Kabat-Zinn, J., et al., 1992). Moreover, increased mindfulness has been found to be related to improved psychological functions, and it led to reductions in suffering; it has been shown to be an important predictor of depression in nursing students (Ratanasiripong et al.,

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