Thesis Title

Pediatric Nurse Attitudes Towards Art Therapy and Mindfulness to Implement Self-care Practices

Graduation Date

Spring 2015

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


John Lemmon, PhD

First Reader

Jennifer Harrison, PsyD, DAAETS, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC


The objective of this study is to understand the attitudes of pediatric nurses regarding Self-Care practices to cope efficiently with inherent work stressors. The online survey gave 73 participants a platform to indicate what kind of Self-Care practices they currently employ and if there was interest in participating in an Art Therapy with Mindfulness workshop for Self-Care practices. The survey asked participants quantitative information such as demographic, viewpoint, intentionality and frequency of Self-Care. Qualitative information was used to identify specific Self-Care practices pediatric nurses are utilizing. Results of the study found pediatric nurses value Self-Care and participating in a Self-Care workshop. Pediatric nurses’ attitudes towards Art Therapy and Mindfulness are positive overall. The findings of this study would help Mental Health professionals in advising a workshop catering to the specific practices of pediatric nurses as well as providing insight into the current Self-Care practices of pediatric nurses.