The Compassionate Mindful Resilience (CMR) programme focuses on building an individual’s own resilience and finding ways to be mindful in every- day events and activities to boost overall health and wellbeing (Panesar-woods, 2020). This course is designed to be delivered 2 hours per week for 4 consecutive weeks. Due to the flexibility of this course, it can be delivered online or face to face. This can be adapted to fit with the nursing/ midwifery student’s need. Previous studies have implemented shortened mindfulness programmes which have proven to reduce anxiety levels similarly to those studies that have trialled MBSR 8-week programmes (Beanlands, et al.2019; Lan, et al. 2014; Van der Riet, et al. 2015).
CMR is a new mindfulness programme that has not been evaluated or trialled at present with undergraduate nursing or midwifery students. Whilst alternative shortened mindfulness interventions have been utilised in previous studies, a 4-week structured programme has yet to be evaluated. Therefore, we seek to test the feasibility of delivering an online CMR programme to undergraduate nursing and midwifery students.
My project is funded by the Department for the Economy (DfE).
What is your ideal Research outcome?
- The overall aim is to test the feasibility of delivering a CMR programme online
- Improve the overall wellbeing of undergraduate nursing and midwifery students
- Publish findings to add to the evidence base as CMR is currently not tested in midwifery and nursing students
- Develop the protocol for a definitive randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of a CMR 4 week programme as opposed to a longer mindfulness intervention
Dr Helen Noble, Dr Clare McVeigh, Professor Chantal Ski and Dr Claire Carswell
Why did you choose this PhD and why at Queen’s?
I completed my BSc Adult Nursing and MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Acute and Critical Care both at Queen’s University. I loved my time at Queen’s so for me I wouldn’t wish to study my PhD anywhere else. I love the community, the teaching and overall work/life balance that Queen’s provides for their students.
How have you been supported at Queen’s?
Queen’s have provided me with excellent support. I have a fantastic supervision team and receive regular feedback and support from them. I have attended masterclasses, seminars and provided me with quantitative research methods training. I also have received support to complete my level 4 Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion teaching programme with Mindfulness UK.
In what ways have you developed at Queen’s?
I have developed as a researcher due to excellent supervision support and additional courses. As a PhD student currently studying at home during a pandemic it has been difficult to maintain motivation without peer support. This has built resilience I never knew I had.
Can you describe the postgraduate community in the School and at Queen’s?
Postgraduate community is fantastic. The graduate school provide a wide variety of masterclasses and teaching. The School of Nursing PhD student weekly online coffee mornings have also been a great way to meet new people as I have yet to step foot on campus as a PhD student!
Where do you hope your PhD will lead?
I hope studying a PhD will lead to a job lecturing and supporting students.
Anything else you would like to add or advice to new PGR students?
Commit, be passionate and never give up when things get tough.