Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller, DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Katherine Martin, Ph.D., APRN, CNM

Third Advisor

Kristin McHale, DNP, RN


Stress, a shared experience of life, is often overlooked. Prolonged stress can lead to adverse health complications. Graduate nursing students are at high risk of experiencing stress with work, academics, family responsibilities, and personal distress. Integrative healing practice is necessary for the health of graduate nursing students. A holistic Tai Chi program guided by Martha Rogers’ Theory of Unitary Human Beings was developed to help reduce stress in graduate nursing students at a private university in the Midwest. Focusing on healing as a whole, the project’s goal is to increase graduate nursing students’ awareness of their stress levels and integrate Tai Chi into their daily practice as a stress-reducing intervention. The project’s success will be measured through pre and post assessment surveys, evaluating the students’ stress levels and knowledge about Tai Chi. Utilizing Rogers’ postulation of the interrelation between human and their environment, a model was developed to depict the integration of Tai Chi and promote an understanding of holistic healing. The educational program aims to guide graduate nursing students to increase their levels of consciousness to achieve balance and harmony for healing as a whole and to understand that improved self-care can result in better patient care.


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