Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Van Getson, APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Katherine Baumgartner, DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Michelle Ullery, DNP, APRN, CNP


The older adult population is expected to continue to grow. This population is more susceptible to facing chronic health conditions that often contribute to pain. Pain affects many aspects of an individual's life and can be debilitating, affecting physical and mental wellbeing. Chronic pain among older adults is often not well managed. Mindfulness meditation is a holistic healing modality that literature supports for pain mitigation (Creswell & Khoury, 2019). This scholarly project provided mindfulness meditation sessions to older adults in an independent and assisted living facility setting to help educate and guide them in reducing chronic pain. Pain reduction scores occurred after implementing mindfulness meditation sessions at the residential facility among these older adults. These promising results suggest the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation pain reduction. Further, mindfulness meditation can help advance the nursing practice by educating patients on using this modality to reduce pain and improve quality of life and patient outcomes.


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