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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2023

Nancy Armstrong

Speaker at Nursing Conference - Nancy Armstrong
Murray State University, United States
Title : Exploring the self-care practices and needs of entry-level nursing students: A pilot project


Self-care is often lacking in nursing students worldwide. The objectives for this study were to discover the current self-care practices of one group of entry level undergraduate nursing students, the students’ understanding of self-care, and the students’ preferences for self-care interventions aimed at improving self-care. Quantitative and quantitative measures were used to measure the students’ current self-care practices, needs, and recommendations for interventions to be used in future semesters to improve nursing student self-care. The students were found to generally be deficient in areas related to nutrition, obtaining healthcare information or guidance, pacing themselves to avoid exhaustion, and performing relaxation exercises. They scored well on areas related to psychosocial self-care, such as believing their life has meaning or having meaningful relationships. Several suggestions were made by the students for encouraging nursing student self-care. Due to a common lack of self-care, it is important for nursing programs globally to develop and encourage student self-care.

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • Understand self-care deficits common to nursing students 
  • Recognize causes of self-care deficits in nursing students 
  • Name common areas in which nursing student might be struggling in self-care
  • Discover ways to assist nursing students in developing self-care 


Dr. Armstrong studied Nursing at Murray State University and graduated with a BSN in 1995. She graduated in with an MSN focusing on Nursing Education in 2011. She completed a DNP with a focused on Organizational Leadership in 2015. She is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing at Murray State University.  Her major areas of research are nursing workplace incivility and nursing education.