The Feasibility of a School Nurse-Led Mindfulness Program

Author: Lisa Henry1, Colleen W Smithson1, Lisa M Steurer2, Patrick M Ercole3
Affiliation: <sup>1</sup> Healthy Kids Express, St. Louis Children&#39;s Hospital, MO, USA. <sup>2</sup> Department of Quality, Safety, and Practice Excellence, St. Louis Children&#39;s Hospital, MO, USA. <sup>3</sup> Sansom Consulting, San Antonio, TX, USA.
Conference/Journal: J Sch Nurs
Date published: 2021 Apr 22
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1177/10598405211001833. , Word Count: 159

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a school nurse-led mindfulness program in a public school. Elementary students in an urban public school system are exposed to many stressors including poverty, family disturbances, and mental health conflicts. Previous research suggests that mindfulness interventions given by teachers promote prosocial behavior and stress reduction; however, there are no studies that have determined whether the school nurse could lead the program. A pre- to posttest design was employed using school-aged children enrolled in the fourth grade who were administered a mindfulness program. The participants were assessed for emotional states before and after the intervention. A total of 12 students completed the intervention. Students found the mindfulness program to be helpful, and the school nurse may be able to successfully complete the intervention. With appropriate planning, school nurses may be able to successfully implement the mindfulness curriculum in an urban public school.

Keywords: mindfulness; school nursing; school-aged children.

PMID: 33882730 DOI: 10.1177/10598405211001833