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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/622101
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Full-text
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Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Level of Evidence:
N/A
Research Approach:
N/A
Title:
Using Service Learning to Increase Depression Awareness on College Campuses
Other Titles:
Service Learning in Nursing Education
Author(s):
Mays, Linda
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Beta Tau
Author Details:
Linda Mays, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, Professional Experience: 2014-2015 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, HCA Physician Services, Atlantis, FL 2014-2016 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Services, Miami Gardens, FL 2015-2016 Assistant Professor of Clinical, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 2014-2016 Managed chronic mental illness to adolescent, adult and geriatric populations through psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. 2014-2016 Responsible for the clinical instruction of undergraduate junior and senior students in adult health and psychiatric mental health nursing. 2015-2016 Development of psychiatric simulations for undergraduate nursing students. 2015-2016 Funded by three grants (1) RO1 grant for Alzheimer’s research and (2) intramural service projects. 2016 Two publications in press. Author Summary: Dr. Linda Mays studied Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, as well as Clinical Research Management. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of Florida after earlier studies at Duke University. Her teaching at the University of Miami involves psychiatric mental-health clinical experiences for undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Mays’ professional work is shaped around reducing the stigma of mental illness and substance dependence, especially through developing empathy.
Abstract:

There are an increasing number of college students experiencing depression. Approximately 41% of the students seen in college counseling centers self-report depression while almost 33% of college students reported having suicidal thoughts (Reitz et al., 2015). Though these statistics are alarming, depression awareness is not routinely addressed on college campuses. Service learning projects for nursing students may help meet this growing need.

In their professional role, nurses commonly discuss depression with patients and communities yet student nurses’ teaching skills are limited. Service learning brings real world learning to students, enhances student engagement and can also add an invaluable benefit to the college community. Peer teaching has been found useful in undergraduate nursing education to develop skills and self-confidence (McKenna & French, 2011). Student nurses, who possess limited skills teaching a variety of populations, can help educate patients and college communities about depression.

Purpose: The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the benefits and challenges of using service learning as a teaching project to increase depression awareness on a college campus.

Methods: Over six weeks, traditional students enrolled in an undergraduate psychiatric nursing course participated in a service learning project as part of their course curriculum. National Depression Screening Day, a national initiative, was used to bring education and awareness to student depression. Prior to the project, students wrote a preflection describing their unique perspective of service learning, depression and civic duty to their college community. Students explored the details of implementing the project and identified target specific audiences that may experience depression: freshman, minorities, transfer and LGBTQ students. To enhance their knowledge base as “consultants” for depression, psychiatric nursing students attended lectures conducted by both the experts as well as those who live with severe depression. The day of the service learning project, students provided handouts, posters and personal dialogued to college students to engage them in doing the screening. The screening was completed online anonymously through the school’s counseling center. Students were given the opportunity to have the results sent to their email or make an appointment for further treatment.

Results: The counseling center reported a substantial increase in completion of the online depression screening as a result of the service learning activity. End of course evaluations and reflection journaling indicated the service learning activity had a positive impact on the nursing students: it increased their empathy towards mental illness; helped improve their psychiatric assessment skills; and fostered a positive civic attitude.

Conclusions: Nursing students are in the unique position to make a significant impact on the mental health of their peers and increase their professional growth through service learning activities.

Keywords:
depression; nursing education; service learning
Repository Posting Date:
25-Jul-2017
Date of Publication:
25-Jul-2017
Other Identifiers:
INRC17H01
Conference Date:
2017
Conference Name:
28th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Dublin, Ireland
Description:
Event Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship

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dc.titleUsing Service Learning to Increase Depression Awareness on College Campusesen_US
dc.title.alternativeService Learning in Nursing Educationen
dc.contributor.authorMays, Lindaen
dc.contributor.departmentBeta Tauen
dc.author.detailsLinda Mays, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, Professional Experience: 2014-2015 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, HCA Physician Services, Atlantis, FL 2014-2016 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Services, Miami Gardens, FL 2015-2016 Assistant Professor of Clinical, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 2014-2016 Managed chronic mental illness to adolescent, adult and geriatric populations through psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. 2014-2016 Responsible for the clinical instruction of undergraduate junior and senior students in adult health and psychiatric mental health nursing. 2015-2016 Development of psychiatric simulations for undergraduate nursing students. 2015-2016 Funded by three grants (1) RO1 grant for Alzheimer’s research and (2) intramural service projects. 2016 Two publications in press. Author Summary: Dr. Linda Mays studied Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, as well as Clinical Research Management. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of Florida after earlier studies at Duke University. Her teaching at the University of Miami involves psychiatric mental-health clinical experiences for undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Mays’ professional work is shaped around reducing the stigma of mental illness and substance dependence, especially through developing empathy.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/622101-
dc.description.abstract<p><span>There are an increasing number of college students experiencing depression. Approximately 41% of the students seen in college counseling centers self-report depression while almost 33% of college students reported having suicidal thoughts (Reitz et al., 2015). Though these statistics are alarming, depression awareness is not routinely addressed on college campuses. Service learning projects for nursing students may help meet this growing need.</span></p> <p>In their professional role, nurses commonly discuss depression with patients and communities yet student nurses’ teaching skills are limited. Service learning brings real world learning to students, enhances student engagement and can also add an invaluable benefit to the college community. Peer teaching has been found useful in undergraduate nursing education to develop skills and self-confidence (McKenna & French, 2011). Student nurses, who possess limited skills teaching a variety of populations, can help educate patients and college communities about depression.</p> <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the benefits and challenges of using service learning as a teaching project to increase depression awareness on a college campus.</p> <p><strong>Methods:</strong> Over six weeks, traditional students enrolled in an undergraduate psychiatric nursing course participated in a service learning project as part of their course curriculum. National Depression Screening Day, a national initiative, was used to bring education and awareness to student depression. Prior to the project, students wrote a preflection describing their unique perspective of service learning, depression and civic duty to their college community. Students explored the details of implementing the project and identified target specific audiences that may experience depression: freshman, minorities, transfer and LGBTQ students. To enhance their knowledge base as “consultants” for depression, psychiatric nursing students attended lectures conducted by both the experts as well as those who live with severe depression. The day of the service learning project, students provided handouts, posters and personal dialogued to college students to engage them in doing the screening. The screening was completed online anonymously through the school’s counseling center. Students were given the opportunity to have the results sent to their email or make an appointment for further treatment.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> The counseling center reported a substantial increase in completion of the online depression screening as a result of the service learning activity. End of course evaluations and reflection journaling indicated the service learning activity had a positive impact on the nursing students: it increased their empathy towards mental illness; helped improve their psychiatric assessment skills; and fostered a positive civic attitude.</p> <p><strong>Conclusions: </strong>Nursing students are in the unique position to make a significant impact on the mental health of their peers and increase their professional growth through service learning activities.</p>en
dc.subjectdepressionen
dc.subjectnursing educationen
dc.subjectservice learningen
dc.date.available2017-07-25T14:19:20Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-25-
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-25T14:19:20Z-
dc.conference.date2017en
dc.conference.name28th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationDublin, Irelanden
dc.descriptionEvent Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarshipen
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