Promoting Nursing Students’ Self-Care through Mindfulness Integration

Promoting Nursing Students’ Self-Care through Mindfulness Integration

This presentation describes the development, implementation, and outcomes of a Mindfulness and Resiliency Pilot providing pre-licensure BSN students with Mindfulness techniques to enhance their resilience, self-confidence, motivation, learning strategies, and quality of school/life balance. Integrated with the academic curriculum, the organization exemplifies the university’s commitment to integrating comprehensive academic and non-academic support leading to persistence of graduation, NCLEX success, and successful transition to a professional nursing career. The purpose of integrating Mindfulness techniques is to empower students to recognize and address non-academic challenges or barriers that impact their success as a student and as a nurse in professional practice.


Stacey Kinney, MSN, RN, CNE

Mrs. Kinney is a member of Chamberlain University’s National Curriculum & Instruction Team. During her tenure at Chamberlain University, she has also held the roles of Academic Success Specialist and Visiting Professor in the RN-BSN option. Mrs. Kinney has been a Registered Nurse for 26 years, with 20 of those years within nursing academia. She has held professional roles supporting the integration and implementation of assessment and e-learning resources to promote students’ academic and NCLEX-RN success. A passion for Mrs. Kinney is focusing on assessment and evaluation processes through the utilization of data to support success. She has participated in the development, integration, and implementation of Chamberlain University’s Student Success Model and a Post-Graduate Mentorship Program in an Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Mrs. Kinney was a contributing expert in The ATI NCLEX-RN® Review Book 16th ed., You vs. the NCLEX: 4 Strategies for Success on the Chamberlain Blog, and Tips for Surviving the NCLEX on Nurse.Org. She published an article titled “Comparison of Low Fidelity Simulation Learning Strategy”. She has presented at state and national conferences; presentations include “Promoting NCLEX® Success: A Post-Graduate Mentoring Program” and “Making a Case for Alternative Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education”.

Mrs. Kinney is pursuing her Ph.D. in Education, with Nursing Education Specialization. Currently, her research topic focuses on how engagement in mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s) will support improved empathy in pre-licensure BSN nursing students. She received her Master of Science in Nursing with Nursing Education Specialization, Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing, and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Ohio University. Mrs. Kinney achieved the distinction of Certified Nurse Educator, and she is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Ohio League for Nursing.

Traci C. Henry, DNP, RN

Ms. Henry is part of the Academic Excellence team at Chamberlain University. She has been a Registered Professional Nurse for over two decades and has been a nurse educator for close to a decade. Ms. Henry has extensive experience in nursing education. Her teaching responsibilities have included undergraduate and graduate-level instruction. Ms. Henry has presented nationally highlighting non-academic support strategies for high-risk students. During her time at Chamberlain, she has worked with the 22 campus tutoring/academic support center’s to create innovative, evidence-based, proactive support strategies for academically at-risk students. Ms. Henry is currently co-leading a Chamberlain Care Co-Curricular taskforce to ensure Chamberlain is at providing optimal resources to address non-academic challenges for our culturally diverse students in their learning environment. Ms. Henry is also leading a care intervention pilot integrating Mindfulness and Resiliency for new nursing students to provide foundation skills to help students be successful in their nursing program and profession. Ms. Henry focuses on the development of extraordinary nurses by supporting innovative technology and ensuring a culturally inclusive and equitable learning environment for all. Ms. Henry earned her Bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Master’s in the science of nursing degrees from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Ms. Henry just finished her DNP program in Health Systems Management at Chamberlain University with a project focus on “Reducing Medication Administration Errors using an evidence-based mindfulness and resiliency program in an assisted living community.”