The Decider Life Skills training as a method of promoting resilience with mental health student nurses on clinical placement
By Eimear O’Sullivan, Eimear Gogan, Louise Doyle, Grainne Donohue
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
Published: Nurse Education in Practice
Volume 56, October 2021, 103222
- The Decider Life Skills had a positive influence on participants’ clinical placement.
- The skills were understandable and easily applied professionally and personally.
- Participants’ used skills during their interactions with staff when receiving feedback.
- Training increased participants’ confidence in facilitating service-user groups.
- Training improved participants’ self-care and protection of their mental health.
The findings from this study that the Decider Life Skills helped students cope in stressful situations and become more mindful of protecting their own mental health is important, as there is a need to safeguard the emotional well-being of mental health nursing students and support them to become resilient practitioners.
See "View Poster" link to the right to see the poster presentation from Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit Conference, September 2018.