Project Coversheet

Date of Award


Degree Type

DNP Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing (ND)




Roberta Durk, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC


EPVAHCS health care teams consist of various medical professionals that are highly experienced and place focus on the needs of veterans and those caring for them. There are currently 7 locations in the El Paso/Las Cruces area and there are still plans to expand in years to come. They provide quality evidence-based health care to thousands of qualified veterans. VA health care has evolved tremendously over the past few years. VA has greatly improved by translation of the knowledge into a patient centered practice and resulting in improved veteran outcomes. Since working at one of these locations for over 8 years now, I have seen many changes and an abundance of soaring advancements. Therefore, it was important to implement a project that would serve a good cause and add to the considerable growth. The goal of this project was to provide initial mindfulness training to veterans reporting acute anxiety and who meet the required qualifications.

Mindfulness based interventions have been researched, developed, applied, and much more utilized in application with positive results. Veterans have reported that MBI are helpful and gain a benefit from it. Promoting wellness and self-empowerment assists a person in feeling more in control of their being. Many of my patient population possess vast mental health illnesses and have experienced traumatic events, so this application was quite useful. There is high affirmation and extensive evidence to show that this simple action can be very beneficial and should remain a measure taken primarily.