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


Individuals experiencing homelessness experience more chronic stress than the general

population resulting in adverse health outcomes (Dimsdale et al., 1993, p.290). Mindfulness Meditation is a holistic tool that can be used to reduce stress and improve the wellbeing of individuals who practice (Maddock, Hevey & Eidenmueller, 2016, p.7). Jean Watson’s theory of human caring (2008), provides a theoretical framework for this project’s purpose to determine if implementing a mindfulness meditation program will assist adults who identify as homeless in reducing self-reported stress, thereby improving psychological well-being. A partnership with an urban drop-in health center for homeless individuals was cultivated and a Mindful Meditation program was created and implemented within a shared group meeting of individuals who have experienced homelessness. Education about mindful meditation was provided and post mindfulness meditation exercise evaluation was conducted following the intervention. The results of the project and evaluation revealed that mindfulness meditation is effective in reducing stress, procuring an authentic grounding presence, and improving overall wellbeing to persons who are homeless participants of the shared group.


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