Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Jennifer Goldsberry, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN, CNE

Second Advisor

Leslie Moore, PhD, RN, CNE, MBA

Third Advisor

Dixie Turner, PhD & Catherine Fowler, DHSc, RN, CNE


This evidence-based project sought to evaluate resilience in freshmen college students enrolled in a Bridge scholar program (BSP) in a liberal arts university in the southeastern United States. The American College Health Association (ACHA) found that stress and anxiety were the top two indicators for impacting academics in 2019 and had been at the top since 2009 at the university of study (ACHA, 2019). The study used a pretest and posttest design method with the implementation of a five-week resilience education intervention. There was no significant difference found in students’ resilience, health promoting behaviors, anxiety or stress from baseline to two months. However, there was a significant increase in students’ knowledge of resilience, stress and anxiety demonstrated from baseline to 2 months supporting the hypothesis (Z=2.787, p=.005). Results of the data may have been influenced by the current pandemic. Limitations of the study included a small sample size and limited time for the intervention. Future research should focus on a resilience education intervention for all college students, beginning in their freshmen year and continuing throughout their college career in an effort to prevent mental health problems and support student's future well-being.

Keywords: resilience, anxiety, stress, intervention, college students

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