Study with mental health student nurses, increasing resilience by using The Decider Life Skills
By Eimear O’Sullivan RPN MSc,Eimear Gogan RPN
University nursing students face higher levels of stress than those in other undergraduate programmes with 67% of student nurses report significant levels of distress during their training.
Studies have shown students with higher levels of resilience have improved sense of well-being thus enhancing their academic performance.
This trial study worked with a group of student mental health nurses practising The Decider Life Skills to increase their resilience.
Aims of the pilot study
- To explore the effectiveness of a CBT orientated skills training (The Decider Life Skills)  with mental health student nurse’s experience of practice placement
- To promote resilience & thus improving sense of well-being for mental health nursing students & enable them to become more reflective, resourceful & responsible during their clinical practice placement
- A descriptive qualitative design was utilised to explore the usefulness of The Decider Life Skills on a cohort of final year mental health nursing students
- A CBT orientated skill training ‘The Decider Life Skills’ was delivered as part of their induction programme to their internship
- The Decider Life Skills: proactive mental health for all is a one day CBT based skills programme delivered by two RPN’s. It is evidence based & effective, memorable & fun which includes role play and visual aids
- The Decider Skills were originally developed in 2010 as a CBT & DBT skills programme for individuals & groups with mental health problems
- Two semi-structured focus group interviews were conducted with a systematic text condensation completed on the transcript
Download the full study here Or click on "View Poster" link to the right to see the poster presentation from Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit Conference, September 2018.