Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Van Getson, APLN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Sue Cutshall DNP, DNS

Third Advisor

Joyce Miller DNP, RN


This scholarly work acknowledges that children experience stress and have similar physical responses to stress as adults (Fisher, 2006; Hagen & Nayar, 2014; Sharrer & Ryan-Wenger, 2002). Jean Watson’s (2008) nursing theory, The Philosophy and Science of Caring, provides a foundation for the project. The purpose of this scholarly work is to develop an age-appropriate meditation program for school-age children. The inspiration for this project is a book titled Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry MacLean (2009). The book uses a “mind jar meditation” to promote relaxation. A similar primary prevention program for school-age children, including the “mind jar” technique was created. A partnership was developed with a small Midwestern elementary school and PE teacher. Elements of mindfulness meditation were taught to kindergarten through fifth grade students in a forty-five minute PE class. Education about meditation and its benefits was presented to the teachers and a nine question survey was administered during a staff development meeting following the intervention. The results of the project and presentation reveal that teaching meditation in elementary schools is feasible and enjoyable by both the students and teachers.


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