Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Van Getson

Second Advisor

Susanne M Cutshall

Third Advisor

Joyce Miller


Toxic stress is an underrecognized and undertreated health concern that affects the health of the nation. Children at risk are those living in poverty due to housing and food insecurities, neglect, decreased access to health care, and accumulative stressors. Without a buffer, children develop maladaptive pathways of coping that lead to lifelong illness such as depression, hypertension, diabetes, and asthma. This DNP/FNP scholarly project examines the role of the citizen nurse implementing the mind-body-spirit healing modality of yoga with at-risk children. Yoga is an inexpensive, low-risk healing modality that assists with self-regulation, self-awareness, and inner strength that increasing overall health. This project hopes to nurture resilience as guided by Jean Watson’s Human Caring Theory. This project’s full implementation occurred at the Brooklyn Park Park and Recreation community summer program in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota that serves low-income families.


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