Stress management and resiliency techniques part of curriculum and research
UBC Okanagan’s nursing program is putting its stress-reducing, mindfulness training to the test.
“The School of Nursing is committed to student health and wellness, and SMART curriculum represents an exciting opportunity to improve stress management for our students, and our graduates,” says Sheila Epp, Acting Director of the School of Nursing. “We believe looking after the health of health care workers is an important part of the education we offer.”
As UBC Okanagan accepts nursing transfer students who will not have received the training in their first year, the university has a great opportunity to gauge the effectiveness of the program, says Epp.
Designed to help students deal with some of the stress that can come with the profession, UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing began offering mindfulness training, based on the Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques program developed in the United States, to 120 of its first-year students this September.
The Faculty of Health and Social Development’s interdisciplinary team will combine their expertise to administer the research, and add to the growing body of evidence that suggests that mindfulness has clear benefits for its practitioners.
“Rarely does such a tightly controlled natural experimental design present itself as it has in this case,” says lead researcher Prof. Mary Jung.