The Short-Term Effects of a Wellness On-Boarding Program with Health Sciences Students on Depression, Anxiety, Healthy Lifestyle Beliefs and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/603190
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Text-based Document
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Presentation
Title:
The Short-Term Effects of a Wellness On-Boarding Program with Health Sciences Students on Depression, Anxiety, Healthy Lifestyle Beliefs and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors
Other Titles:
Innovative Knowledge in Graduate Studies [Session]
Author(s):
Melnyk, Bernadette Mazurek; Slevin, Caitlin; Militello, Lisa K.; Hoying, Jacqueline; McGovern, Colleen; Teall, Alice M.; Szalacha, Laura; Slevin, Caitlin; Militello, Lisa K.; Hoying, Jacqueline; McGovern, Colleen; Teall, Alice M.; Szalacha, Laura
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Epsilon
Author Details:
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Melnyk.15@osu.edu; Caitlin Slevin, CCRP; Lisa K. Militello, CPNP, RN; Jacqueline Hoying, RN, NEA-BC; Colleen McGovern, RN, LSN; Alice M. Teall, RN, FNP, PNP; Laura Szalacha, EdM
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Background: First year health sciences students are subject to high stress levels as they enter their professional programs. Although these academic programs prepare students to deliver excellent care to their patients, few incorporate wellness programs and self-care into their curricula. Aim: The purpose of this pilot intervention study was to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary short-term effects of a wellness on-boarding program for health sciences students, including dentistry, health and rehabilitation sciences, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine, on their healthy lifestyle beliefs and behaviors four months after the intervention. Methods: A pre-experimental study was conducted with 91 health sciences students at a major public land grant University in the mid-west region of the United States. Within two to four weeks after commencing the first semester academic programs, students completed a personalized wellness assessment, a biometric screen that included height, weight, blood pressure, Hemoglobin A1c and lipid panel, and developed a personalized wellness plan. Valid and reliable measures included the Healthy Lifestyles Belief Scale, the Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Scale, the Personalized Health Assessment-9 Scale for depression, and the Generalized Anxiety Scale-7. Demographic questions and single item questions regarding healthy lifestyle behaviors (e.g., activity and sleep) also were collected. At the end the first semester, a follow-up assessment was completed. Results: At baseline, 25.6% of the graduate students reported elevated symptoms of depression and 22.6% reported elevated symptoms of anxiety. At follow-up, 28.1% of students reported elevated depressive symptoms and 22.9% reported elevated symptoms of anxiety. Although there was no change in healthy lifestyle beliefs across time, there was a significant decrease in healthy lifestyle behaviors (p<.05) as well as a drop in physical activity from a mean of 51 minutes per week to 32 minutes. Average hours of sleep across time stayed consistent at six hours. The most frequent barriers student reported that deterred them from engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors and meeting their wellness goals were time constraints, school, and motivation. Conclusions: There is a need for more intensive wellness interventions with health sciences students when entering their professional programs. Personalized wellness assessments and completion of a personalized wellness plan alone does not seem to be enough to increase their healthy lifestyle behaviors. Screening for depression and anxiety should occur with all health sciences students when entering their programs and monitored regularly, with targeted evaluations and interventions provided to those with elevated symptomatology. Since the follow-up assessment, nurse practitioner students have been assigned to these health sciences students to serve as health coaches during their second academic semester along with the texting of healthy lifestyle messages. Another follow-up assessment will occur at the end of the second semester to determine the benefits of adding a health coach to the health sciences’ students’ wellness programming. Future intervention studies need to be conducted with this population to determine the best evidence-based interventions to enhance health and wellness outcomes.
Keywords:
graduate students; health science students; depression/anxiety
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15E27
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleThe Short-Term Effects of a Wellness On-Boarding Program with Health Sciences Students on Depression, Anxiety, Healthy Lifestyle Beliefs and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviorsen
dc.title.alternativeInnovative Knowledge in Graduate Studies [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorMelnyk, Bernadette Mazureken
dc.contributor.authorSlevin, Caitlinen
dc.contributor.authorMilitello, Lisa K.en
dc.contributor.authorHoying, Jacquelineen
dc.contributor.authorMcGovern, Colleenen
dc.contributor.authorTeall, Alice M.en
dc.contributor.authorSzalacha, Lauraen
dc.contributor.authorSlevin, Caitlinen
dc.contributor.authorMilitello, Lisa K.en
dc.contributor.authorHoying, Jacquelineen
dc.contributor.authorMcGovern, Colleenen
dc.contributor.authorTeall, Alice M.en
dc.contributor.authorSzalacha, Lauraen
dc.contributor.departmentEpsilonen
dc.author.detailsBernadette Mazurek Melnyk, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Melnyk.15@osu.edu; Caitlin Slevin, CCRP; Lisa K. Militello, CPNP, RN; Jacqueline Hoying, RN, NEA-BC; Colleen McGovern, RN, LSN; Alice M. Teall, RN, FNP, PNP; Laura Szalacha, EdMen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/603190en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Background: First year health sciences students are subject to high stress levels as they enter their professional programs. Although these academic programs prepare students to deliver excellent care to their patients, few incorporate wellness programs and self-care into their curricula. Aim: The purpose of this pilot intervention study was to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary short-term effects of a wellness on-boarding program for health sciences students, including dentistry, health and rehabilitation sciences, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine, on their healthy lifestyle beliefs and behaviors four months after the intervention. Methods: A pre-experimental study was conducted with 91 health sciences students at a major public land grant University in the mid-west region of the United States. Within two to four weeks after commencing the first semester academic programs, students completed a personalized wellness assessment, a biometric screen that included height, weight, blood pressure, Hemoglobin A1c and lipid panel, and developed a personalized wellness plan. Valid and reliable measures included the Healthy Lifestyles Belief Scale, the Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Scale, the Personalized Health Assessment-9 Scale for depression, and the Generalized Anxiety Scale-7. Demographic questions and single item questions regarding healthy lifestyle behaviors (e.g., activity and sleep) also were collected. At the end the first semester, a follow-up assessment was completed. Results: At baseline, 25.6% of the graduate students reported elevated symptoms of depression and 22.6% reported elevated symptoms of anxiety. At follow-up, 28.1% of students reported elevated depressive symptoms and 22.9% reported elevated symptoms of anxiety. Although there was no change in healthy lifestyle beliefs across time, there was a significant decrease in healthy lifestyle behaviors (p<.05) as well as a drop in physical activity from a mean of 51 minutes per week to 32 minutes. Average hours of sleep across time stayed consistent at six hours. The most frequent barriers student reported that deterred them from engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors and meeting their wellness goals were time constraints, school, and motivation. Conclusions: There is a need for more intensive wellness interventions with health sciences students when entering their professional programs. Personalized wellness assessments and completion of a personalized wellness plan alone does not seem to be enough to increase their healthy lifestyle behaviors. Screening for depression and anxiety should occur with all health sciences students when entering their programs and monitored regularly, with targeted evaluations and interventions provided to those with elevated symptomatology. Since the follow-up assessment, nurse practitioner students have been assigned to these health sciences students to serve as health coaches during their second academic semester along with the texting of healthy lifestyle messages. Another follow-up assessment will occur at the end of the second semester to determine the benefits of adding a health coach to the health sciences’ students’ wellness programming. Future intervention studies need to be conducted with this population to determine the best evidence-based interventions to enhance health and wellness outcomes.en
dc.subjectgraduate studentsen
dc.subjecthealth science studentsen
dc.subjectdepression/anxietyen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:45:14Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:45:14Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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