Learning Exercise

Incorporate Self-Care For Students in Your Courses!

This mindfulness meditation is an example of how you can incorporate self-care in a course to help students develop their knowledge and practice of self-care.   This is especially important for service professions, such as nursing, teaching, and health sciences.  

Teachers can use the meditation video and article as a individual learning activity or it could be done as a group either online or in person.

This learning exercise promotes self-care.  

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Exercise

This mindfulness meditation is an example of how you can incorporate self-care in a course to help students develop their knowledge and practice of self-care.   This is especially important for service professions, such as nursing, teaching, and health sciences.  

Read the article and use the included script to modify a mindfulness meditation to the time as needed.   Or use the meditation that is included with this article.  The article and meditation video included are rich in self-care and loving kindness.   

One idea is to incorporate a loving-kindndess theory.   As a nursing professor, I incorporate the theory of Jean Watson as this meditation is consistent with the Caritas Process One:  Loving-Kindness for self and others.  Since Watson can be an abstract theory for students to learn, this meditation provides some context.  

Technical Notes

internet and speakers required

Requirements

Internet access

Topics

Topics include mindfulness, meditation, self-care, and loving-kindness.  

Loving-Kindess includes positive, tender, warmhearted affection, intentions, and actions of goodwill toward self and others (Merriam-Webster, 2020).  The concepts of loving-kindness and self-compassion are closely connected with self-care. 

Self-Compassion: is being kind to oneself.

Nurses and Self-Care (Leibold, 2021)

A core value of holistic nursing practice is self-care (American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), 2020).  Nurses are helping, giving individuals who have a tendency to help others and shorten their own self-care.  Other helping professions, such as teachers, and other healthcare workers have the same tendency.  This can lead to unhealthy life practices such as eating unhealthy food, a lack of exercise, and negative self-talk.  Without intervention, this can lead to nurse burnout.   Nurse burnout is a condition of depleted resources in a nurse that results in a negative perception of the work environment (Griffiths et al.,2018) and beyond.  Mindful meditation and loving-kindness is one self-care strategy for nurses to incorporate.  

References

American Holistic Nurses Association.  (2020, October 20). Self-Care and Resilience.  https://www.ahna.org/Membership/Member-Advantage/Whatisself-care

Griffiths, P., Recio-Saucedo, A., Dall’Ora, C., Briggs, J., Maruotti, A., Meredith, P., . . . Ball, J. (2018).  The association between nurse shortage and omissions in nursing care: A systematic review.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74(7), 1474-1487.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13564

Leibold, N.  (2021).  Holistic nursing and culture: Body, mind, and soul.  Nanza Publications.  CC BY NC.

Loving-kindness.  (2020, December 27).  Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loving-kindness

 

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

After active participation in this learning activity, the learner will

1. Use mindful meditation to improve present awareness.

2.  Apply the self-care activity of loving-kindness mindful meditation.

Assessment

There are several possibilities for an Assessment, depending on the context of the course.  Some ideas are listed:

1.  Write a one page reflection of the loving-kindness meditation.   Explain the following items:  a) Tell why mindful meditation may help nurses manage stress with self-care.  How does being present in the moment feel?  b) Explain any previous experiences you have with mindful meditation or possibilities for future use in your personal life.  c) Read one research article about the effectiveness of mindful meditation and summaries in two to four sentences.   Include the reference of the article.

2.  Another option is to have the article and meditation as a set up for a Discussion.  First the students read the article and complete the meditation and then answer the same a) and b) questions above (c) could be optional--in a discussion either online or in person.