The Effects of Mindfulness on Test Anxiety in Nursing Students
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Test anxiety in nursing students is a common problem that greatly affects individual performance in nursing school. The purpose of this quasi-experimental evidence-based practice improvement project is to reduce test anxiety in nursing students through mindfulness practices. A convenience sampling of approximately 40 students from the first semester cohort of a midwestern university pre-licensure nursing program participated. Faculty-led mindfulness-based strategies of body scanning, mindful breathing, and guided imagery took place prior to tests to determine effectiveness of mindfulness techniques on test anxiety reduction. The Test Anxiety Inventory tool measured test anxiety before the first course exam prior to the implementation of the mindfulness intervention and was repeated prior to the final exam. Data analysis of the pre- and post-intervention scores demonstrated a significant decrease in test anxiety post-intervention. Through the mindfulness intervention, nursing students gained coping skills they may utilize while finishing school and once in the professional field of nursing during high anxiety times.
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