Graduation Date

5-2020

Document Type

Honor's Thesis

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Primary Major

Nursing

Program Director

Andrea Boyle, PhD, FNAP

Thesis Advisor

Patricia Harris PhD, RN

Abstract

A review of current literature presented in this work suggests that MBSR participation results in NKCA, T-cell and B-cell restoration as well as a reduction in inflammatory biomarkers. While results from these studies are statistically significant, they are, however, relatively small. Furthermore, the reliability and one’s ability to generalize study findings from this literature review is limited by consistently small sample sizes, high attrition, differing forms of MBSR application, and inconsistent adherence to MBSR home practices.

The distribution of a 10-point survey using likert scales occured in a pilot study associated with the aforementioned literature review; this survey evaluated registered nurses' agreement with statements pertaining to openness to learning about MBSR, use of mindfulness practices in the clinical setting, and attitudes about the efficacy of mindfulness. Overall, registered nurses currently working in the clinical setting expressed agreement with the efficacy of mindfulness practices to promote physical and psychosocial wellbeing. However, disparities were uncovered in the ability of participants to instruct patients about mindfulness practices, the frequency in which mindfulness practices were employed, as well as in the familiarity of participants with MBSR.

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