Thai nursing students’ experience of participating in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program: A qualitative study

Napaporn Aeamla-Or, Rachel Rossiter, Michael Hazelton

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Abstract

Introduction: High levels of stress and psychological problems have been frequently reported among undergraduate nursing students. Existing evidence has suggested that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) may be a helpful intervention to assist nursing students to reduce their stress levels and psychological difficulties. A recent randomized controlled trial evaluating the impact of an 8-week MBSR program on nursing students’ stress levels and psychological well-being demonstrated positive benefits.
Objectives: This qualitative study, (embedded within the randomized controlled trial) sought to explore in further depth the nursing students’ experience of participating in the MBSR program.
Methods: The study employed a descriptive qualitative design. A focus group was conducted with nine of the undergraduate Thai nursing students who had completed the 8-week MBSR program. A thematic analysis of the verbatim transcript was undertaken by the principal investigator with cross-checking of the analysis undertaken by the co-investigators.
Results: Participants described a rich and varied range of experiences during their participation in the program. The findings reported here focus on the benefits of mindfulness practice as formulated under four themes: enhanced self-care, improved stress management, improved academic performance, and enhanced interpersonal effectiveness.
Conclusion: These positive findings in conjunction with the RCT findings suggest that further research evaluating the potential of MBSR as an intervention to assist nursing students in managing their stress levels is warranted.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventTNMC & WANS International Nursing Research Conference 2017
: Culture, Co-creation, and Collaboration for Global Health
- Miracle Grand Convention Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 20 Oct 201722 Oct 2017
http://www.tnmc.or.th/inrc2017

Conference

ConferenceTNMC & WANS International Nursing Research Conference 2017
CountryThailand
CityBangkok
Period20/10/1722/10/17
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