Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctor of Nursing Practice Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Sarah Beman


Doctor of Nursing Practice


Nursing students experience test anxiety that may compromise their performance on class examinations, affecting their trajectory through their prelicensure nursing program. Nurse educators significantly impact student outcomes throughout the curriculum and are integral in supporting students with test anxiety. It is imperative to recognize precipitating factors of test anxiety and appoint prophylactic interventions for alleviating stressful situations. In turn, this will provide nursing students with practical and supportive strategies to alleviate testing-induced stress. This scholarly paper discusses the implementation of a brief mindfulness exercise before class examinations to combat test anxiety in undergraduate nursing students at a small midwestern college. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected to determine the effectiveness of the brief mindfulness activity before tests. This paper discusses methods, interventions, and results from the quality improvement project.