A Pilot Study of Implementing a Stress Management and Resilience Training (SMART) Programme in Nursing Undergraduates: Quasi-experimental Approach (74845)

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Wednesday, 22 November 2023 15:45
Session: Poster
Room: Orion Hall
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

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Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress, such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences and becoming stronger and wiser. The principal investigator of this study found that the counsellor conducted 65 counselling sessions for the nursing undergraduates in the academic year from 2018/2019 to 2020/2021. Forty-five percent of them were related to clinical issues and some of them had even quit the programme due to suffering from serious mental issues. Given that resilience is an ability which can be learned and developed in anyone, the aims of this study are to implement a pilot study on introducing a structured and scientifically proven method and based on Hong Kong’s clinical context, namely a Stress Management and Resilience Training (SMART) programme to 40 nursing undergraduates before their clinical practicum. A quasi-experimental approach with three time points was used in this study. The Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale-10 and Perceived Stress Scale-10 were used to evaluate the participants’ stress and resilience levels. Besides, an evaluation survey was employed to evaluate the participants’ satisfaction upon completion of their training. The results showed that there was an insignificant change in stress level but significant improvement in resilience level. Thus, the results of the evaluation survey were very promising. To conclude, the SMART programme can boost their resilience level and its effect seems able to last for at least 3 months.

Sze Wing Julia Wong, Tung Wah College, Hong Kong

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Julia WONG is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, Tung Wah College, Hong Kong. She is also a Registered Nurse. Her research mainly focuses on nursing education.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00