Journal of Undergraduate Research


stress management, personal wellness, student resiliency, pilot study




The nursing profession is emotionally and physically demanding. Long shifts, complex and often difficult patients, as well as working in an emotionally challenging environment all contribute major stress for nurses.[1,2] Over time this stress often turns into compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue and burnout become overwhelming to nurses, leading to physical, mental, and emotional health problems. Compassion fatigue not only negatively affects the nurse but patients as well. Many nurses experience burnout and leave the profession. Resiliency has been shown to be an important factor in retention of nurses as well as positively associated with empowerment among nursing students.[3,4,5] The purpose of this study was to determine whether currently implemented stress management and personal wellness courses effectively enhance resiliency and improve perceived stress levels in undergraduate nursing students at Brigham Young University (BYU).

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