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Thrive and Flourish: A Holistic Approach to Nurturing Wellness and Resilience in Nursing Students through an Immersive Bridge Week Experience

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

| Free

Speaker: Kelley Strout, Ph.D., RN

About the speaker: Kelley Strout earned her PhD in Nursing at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.. She is currently serving as the Director of the School of Nursing where she is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the short and long-term academic and research goals to carry out the mission of the school. In addition, she currently serves as the Principal Scientific Investigator for two federal grants from the Health Resources Services Administration to a) diversify the nursing workforce and transform nursing education to include evidence-based inclusive, and equitable teaching and learning practices and b) promote resilience and reduce burnout among nursing students, faculty, and staff. Over the past three years, she has secured over 4 million dollars in federal funding for UMaine Nursing. Under her leadership, UMaine Nursing was ranked by U.S. News and Reports in the top 11% of baccalaureate of science in nursing programs nationwide. She serves on the Board of Directors at Penobscot Community Health Care, Maine’s largest Federally Qualified Healthcare Center. In 2022, she received the Presidential Award for Public Engagement at UMaine. She is passionate about improving the health and well-being of nurses and the populations they serve. She lives in Bangor with her husband, James, their two sons, Cameron and Maxwell, and their dog, Lottie. 

About the seminar:   The U.S. grapples with a nursing shortage fueled by a burnout crisis among nurses and nursing students. The “How to Thrive as a Nursing Student” intervention preemptively addresses burnout by offering evidence-based interventions during a week-long immersive bridge program followed by a 1-credit course for first-year nursing students. The 25-hour curriculum involves mindfulness, yoga, intuitive eating, and fitness programming. The study involves 90 BSN students. Various valid and reliable emotional and physical health measures are used, including FitBit data. The intervention has the potential for replication across other academic majors.

The event is free but registration is required. Please use this registration link to sign up for the Zoom event.


February 23
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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