Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Mindfulness and resilience in nursing students

Roger Watson, Editor

Dispositional mindfulness - a phenomenon that includes 'observing, acting with awareness, non-judging, self-compassion and non-reactivity or acceptance' - is related to resilience in nursing students as this study from Australia by Chamberlain et al. (2016) titled: 'Dispositional mindfulness and employment status as predictors of resilience in third year nursing students: a quantitative study' and published in Nursing Open shows.  According to the authors: 'Nursing students will graduate into stressful workplace environments and resilience is an essential acquired ability for surviving the workplace. Few studies have explored the relationship between resilience and the degree of innate dispositional mindfulness, compassion, compassion fatigue and burnout in nursing students, including those who find themselves in the position of needing to work in addition to their academic responsibilities.'

As the authors explain: 'The aim of this study was to observe the predictors of resilience in third year nursing students as a strategy for dealing with or managing study and workplace related stress. Specifically assessed were, innate dispositional mindfulness, professional quality of life and employment during study enrolment to determine if these psychological and workload states were predictive of personal resilience.'  Using questionnaires to measure mindfulness and resilience the authors showed that: 'resilience correlated positively with dispositional mindfulness'.  The authors conclude: 'The strongest predictors of resilience were dispositional mindfulness and its subset of acceptance.'  This study could contribute to helping nursing students to develop good coping strategies to deal with the stress of being a nurse.

Reference

Chamberlain D, Williams A, Stanley D, Mellor P, Cross W, Siegloff L (2016) Dispositional mindfulness and employment status as predictors of resilience in third year nursing students: a quantitative study Nursing Open doi: 10.1002/nop2.56

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