Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa VanGetson APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Briana Darcy APRN, DNP, FNP-C


Toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences can negatively affect the human mind, body, and spirit. Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) provide holistic and integrative care to a variety of populations. Mindfulness is an integrative and cost-effective means to increase self-esteem, regulate emotions, and decrease stress and anxiety across the lifespan. The purpose of this project is to bridge the resource gap and provide underserved youth affected by crime with a group mindfulness meditation program. Utilizing Jean Watson’s Caring Science as a theoretical framework and evidence-based literature, the DNP-FNP student adopted and implemented a three-week mindfulness program with a group of juvenile justice involved youth. Despite initial reports of low stress, the youth engaged in the program and thought they could use some activities in the future. This project uplifted a myriad of nursing and social issues, such as stress, adverse childhood experiences, resilience, mindfulness, and self-care, to add to the body of holistic nursing knowledge. Findings from this scholarly project uplift the need for further reflections and research in these areas to improve health outcomes for this population.


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