Exploration of Mindfulness Among Ethnic Minority Undergraduate Nursing Students.

Author: Young-Brice A1, Thomas Dreifuerst K
1Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Young-Brice) and Associate Professor (Dr Thomas Dreifuerst), College of Nursing, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Conference/Journal: Nurse Educ.
Date published: 2018 Nov 5
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000629. [Epub ahead of print] , Word Count: 154

BACKGROUND: Meeting projected needs for ethnically diverse nurses depends on a strong pipeline of diverse students within nursing programs. Colleges assume students readily navigate the university; however, this may not be the reality especially among ethnic minority students.

PURPOSE: The purpose was to explore the concept of mindfulness among ethnic minority nursing students. Exploring mindfulness, and a lack thereof, may provide strategies for overcoming challenges ethnic minority students experience in prelicensure nursing programs.

METHODS: A qualitative study using thematic analysis of semistructured in-depth interviews was conducted with 20 ethnic minority undergraduate nursing students.

RESULTS: Themes that emerged reveal positive associations of mindfulness and negative implications when there is a lack of mindfulness.

CONCLUSION: Based on the findings from this study, using consistent mindfulness techniques could positively influence coping skills for dealing with the stressors of college, resulting in overall success and retention of ethnic minority and first-generation students in a nursing program.

PMID: 30399058 DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000629