Self-Care: A Vital Practice to Improve Health Promoting Lifestyles of a Novice Nurse Practitioner
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Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Susa E. Breslin, DNP, RN, FACHE
Traci T. Sims, DNS, RN, CNS/PMH-BC
Dawn M. Aycock, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAHA, FAAN
Purpose: The project aimed to improve students' health-promoting lifestyles while enrolled in a master's degree nurse practitioner (NP) program by integrating self-care plan modules in their final-year curriculum.
Background: New NPs should be equipped with self-care practices while enrolled in the master's degree program to develop health-promoting lifestyles, enhance overall well-being, and endorse healthy lifestyles to their patients.
Methods: A convenience sampling was used in a single group pre- and post-survey using health-promoting lifestyle profile II (HPLP II) administered to NP students for eight consecutive weeks after performing a lifestyle self-care plan (LSCP). The survey included the six HPLP II subscales: spiritual growth, interpersonal relations, nutrition, physical activity, health responsibilities, and stress management.
Results: Out of 17 participants, 13 completed the project. The participants’ healthy lifestyles improved. Health responsibility and interpersonal relations improved significantly. Stress management, physical fitness, and nutrition improvement minimally. Spiritual growth was consistently high in pre- and post-surveys. Participants reported they liked the self-care videos and found them helpful, but most did not have time to practice self-care due to busy schedules.
Significance: Although new NPs cannot always avoid stress, adding self-care practice modules in the master’s degree curriculum could help improve healthy lifestyles, which may benefit them and the entire healthcare system.
Noble Lanham,, Debbie B. DNP, RN, ANP-BC, G. Cert., "Self-Care: A Vital Practice to Improve Health Promoting Lifestyles of a Novice Nurse Practitioner." , Georgia State University, 2022.
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