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    Volume 5 Issue 3
    Research Article
    Ruth E. Metzger and Mellisa A. Hall*
    Public health has long recognized that circumstances in which people live exert a powerful influence on their health. Likewise, primary care providers are recognizing the importance of a client’s life circumstances on health outcomes. Learning to screen patients in primary care for potential health-harming life circumstances is not an intuitive process. New primary care providers must be willing to learn how to effectively incorporate screening into their client encounters. This study examined attitudes and life experiences of nurse practitioner students that might affect their willingness to engage patients in these sometimes-sensitive conversations.
    Michiyo Ando*, Hiroko Kukihara, and Chie Tanaka
    Since dementia relates to an elders’ quality of life, it is important for people to keep cognitive functions healthy. This study aims to develop a mindfulness yoga program and investigate its effects on cognitive functions for elders measured via the Stroop test. The participants were community dwelling elders. They received a mindfulness yoga program approximately once a week, for a total of three months. They performed the Stroop test, in which there were four tasks on Stroop interference and reverse-Stroop interference used to measure cognitive functions pre and post program, and gave comments for the program. The correct response number and interference ratio were measured. The correct response number was significantly increased in each task between pre and post program: Task 1 (p<0.001), Task 2 (p<0.001), Task 3(p<0.01), and Task 4 (p<0.05). There was no significant difference between pre and post program in the interference ratio; this might be caused by visual impairment due to aging. The comments of participants were mostly positive and they showed intent to continue. These results suggest that this mindfulness yoga for elders improved cognitive functions, and that the mindfulness yoga program for elders may be useful.
    Hiroko Kukihara and Niwako Yamawaki*
    Nursing students are vulnerable to psychological problems, and such problems may contribute to attrition or impaired practices. Nevertheless, they do not seek help. Identifying barriers to seeking help is an urgent subject. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore Japanese nursing students’ intention to seek help from and disclosing psychological problems to formal and informal social support networks.
    A total of 565 Bachelor of Nursing students from two universities in Japan participated. A simultaneous multiple regression analysis was performed with health professional self-stigma and the anticipated benefits/risks of seeking professional help as predictors of respondents’ help-seeking from mental health professionals and nonprofessionals.
    Susan E. Jackson* and Margaret Touw
    Background: Nursing students may bring pre-conceived false perceptions and feelings of anxiety to the clinical placement on a behavioral mental health unit. The faculty goals are to reduce stigma, fears and fictional perceptions of students. The purpose of this study was to explore the fears, anxieties and stigma perceptions of baccalaureate nursing students.
    Method: A descriptive, non-experimental study design that included a pre- and post- educational clinical survey was utilized. A comparative survey was designed to explore whether the perceptions of the students had been altered by the immersion within this educational experience. A total of 33 students completed the self-reported questionnaire.
    News Letter
    Komal Abdul Rahim and Nasreen Rafiq*
    During my reproductive health (RH) clinical rotation in a tertiary care hospital, I got an opportunity to see a spontaneous vaginal delivery (SVD).
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