Date of Award

Fall 12-17-2021

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. April Schmidt

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Leah Baecht & Dr. Kevin Stein

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Wendy Weber


mindfulness, meditation, test anxiety, evaluation anxiety, doctoral nurse anesthesia student, DNP, guided imagery



Mindfulness and Meditation to Reduce Test and Evaluation Anxiety in Doctoral Nurse Anesthesia Students


A significant number of university students report experiencing test anxiety. Extreme anxiety has been reported as a cause of withdrawal from university studies. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are required to complete an intense curriculum with tests and evaluations prior to passing a national board certifying exam, which is anxiety provoking.


The primary objective of this project was to provide mindfulness intervention information to be utilized by the DNP students and assess desires of having a mindfulness meditation practice to alleviate academic anxiety.


Following a lecture covering the effects of anxiety on academic performance, definitions of mindfulness meditation practices, and the usefulness of mindfulness meditation practices on alleviating academic anxiety, students were given a questionnaire to assess anxiety levels prior to evaluations, knowledge regarding the effects of anxiety on performance, and to assess desires of having a mindfulness or medication practice to alleviate academic anxiety


Students who reported interest in mindfulness meditation and were likely to utilize the intervention to alleviate anxiety increased for all cohorts in attendance.


Most students expressed having prior knowledge of mindfulness meditation; however, it is unclear what knowledge students had of the topic, its effects on anxiety, whether it was previously practiced, or if they knew someone who practiced meditation.

Conclusion/Implications for Practice

The research implication includes the potential for mindfulness and meditation practices to decrease test and evaluation anxiety through increased self-efficacy in DNP students.

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