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6th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 27-29, 2022 | Orlando, USA

October 27 -29, 2022 | Orlando, Florida, USA
NWC 2022

Kimberly Rousseau

Speaker at  Nursing World Conference 2022 - Kimberly Rousseau
MCPHS University, United States
Title : An alternative approach: Can animals improve mental health?


Mental health disorders can lead to symptoms of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. For some patients suffering from mental illness, pharmaceutical therapies may be unsuccessful. Animal assisted treatment (AAT) is a way of treating mental health concerns that involves interacting with and caring for animals. According to studies, animals have a remarkable effect on people's moods, implying a nonpharmaceutical treatment option for those suffering from mental health symptoms. A review of recent primary sources was undertaken to see if a nonpharmaceutical strategy of using pet therapy may alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. To guide the psychological closeness of the animal-human dyad, attachment theory was used as the research framework. When animal-assisted therapy was used, there was evidence of decreased anxiety, depression, loneliness, and stress, as well as an improvement in social connectedness. Practice implications for advanced practice registered nurses include the availability of a successful nonpharmaceutical method in patients suffering from anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Among diverse populations, animal assisted therapy is an effective way for reducing anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Further longitudinal research with a broader population of people of different ethnicities, as well as the use of different animals, should be conducted.


Kimberly Rousseau BSN, RN is currently attending MCPHS PMHNP program and will be completing her studies on August 12, 2022. She received her Associate degree in Nursing from Vermont Technical College in 1997. Kimberly then was selected by her place of employment, Berkshire Medical Center for a full scholarship to join the bachelor’s in nursing program which she completed in 2017. She has worked 15 years in behavioral health science field which includes an intensive care psychiatric unit, Substance Detox and recovery center, as well as a partial hospitalization program.