Journal of Nursing Education

Educational Innovations 

An Evidence-Based Solution for Minimizing Stress and Anger in Nursing Students

Maria R. Shirey, MS, MBA, RN, CNAA, BC, FACHE

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Manifestations of stress and anger are becoming more evident in society. Anger, an emotion associated with stress, often affects other aspects of everyday life, including the workplace and the educational setting. Stress and irrational anger in nursing students presents a potential teaching-learning problem that requires innovative evidence-based solutions. In this article, anger in nursing students is discussed, and background information on the topic is provided. Common sources and manifestations of anger in nursing students are presented, and one evidence-based solution—mindfulness-based stress reduction—is discussed.

AUTHOR

Received: July 27, 2005

Accepted: March 29, 2006

Ms. Shirey is Principal Consultant, Shirey & Associates, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate Program, Leadership & Management, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana.

Address correspondence to Maria R. Shirey, MS, RN, CNAA, 10700 Coach Light Drive, Evansville, IN 47725; e-mail: mrs@mail2maria.com.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Manifestations of stress and anger are becoming more evident in society. Anger, an emotion associated with stress, often affects other aspects of everyday life, including the workplace and the educational setting. Stress and irrational anger in nursing students presents a potential teaching-learning problem that requires innovative evidence-based solutions. In this article, anger in nursing students is discussed, and background information on the topic is provided. Common sources and manifestations of anger in nursing students are presented, and one evidence-based solution—mindfulness-based stress reduction—is discussed.

AUTHOR

Received: July 27, 2005

Accepted: March 29, 2006

Ms. Shirey is Principal Consultant, Shirey & Associates, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate Program, Leadership & Management, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana.

Address correspondence to Maria R. Shirey, MS, RN, CNAA, 10700 Coach Light Drive, Evansville, IN 47725; e-mail: mrs@mail2maria.com.

ABSTRACT

Manifestations of stress and anger are becoming more evident in society. Anger, an emotion associated with stress, often affects other aspects of everyday life, including the workplace and the educational setting. Stress and irrational anger in nursing students presents a potential teaching-learning problem that requires innovative evidence-based solutions. In this article, anger in nursing students is discussed, and background information on the topic is provided. Common sources and manifestations of anger in nursing students are presented, and one evidence-based solution—mindfulness-based stress reduction—is discussed.

AUTHOR

Received: July 27, 2005

Accepted: March 29, 2006

Ms. Shirey is Principal Consultant, Shirey & Associates, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate Program, Leadership & Management, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana.

Address correspondence to Maria R. Shirey, MS, RN, CNAA, 10700 Coach Light Drive, Evansville, IN 47725; e-mail: mrs@mail2maria.com.

10.3928/01484834-20071201-07

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