Author: Constance M. Green, MS, MS, RN, NPP
Title: Associate Professor
Institution: Suffolk County Community College
Coauthors: Colleen L. Prunier MS, RN CNS, Assistant Professor
Value continuous improvement of own
communication and conflict resolution skills
-Value teamwork and the relationships upon which it is based.
-Value different styles of communication used by patients,
families and health care providers
-Describe factors that create a culture of safety.
-Demonstrate effective use of strategies to
reduce risk of harm to self or others.
-Appreciate the cognitive and physical limits of human performance.
-Value own role in preventing errors
This is an eight session Mindfulness Program for nursing students. It can be used in
clinical setting or small classroom setting.
The purpose was to introduce the practice of mindfulness to nursing students in
order to prepare them to deliver quality, effective, and safe nursing care with
compassion in a non-judgmental manner and to promote professionalism, teamwork,
self-awareness, and critical thinking.
The program includes weekly topic readings and discussions as well as brief sitting
meditation practice. The weekly topics included: Orientation; Being Fully
Present; Responding Mindfully Without Judgment; Teamwork, Compassion;
Communication; Balanced Life; and Closure.
We have used this program in our Mental Health course during clinical. It takes
approximately 30 minutes each week. Permission was obtained from the author to
play the 10 minute CD Sitting Meditation Guided
Mindfulness Meditation CD (Series 2) by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Permission would be the responsibility
of anyone interested.
1) This activity can be evaluated on the basis of the students’ ability to thoughtfully discuss
the weekly questions at the end of each weekly session, and the students’ ability to identify benefits of mindfulness in nursing practice
2) This activity can also be evaluated by use of pre and post measurement of student’s level of
mindfulness. We have used Kirk Brown’s “Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale