Date of Scholarly Project Submission


Degree Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Faculty Chairperson

Melissa Copenhaver, DNP, MS, RN-BC, LMSW, CNE

Second Committee Member

Melissa Romero, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE

Third Committee Member

Kristi Adair, PhD, RN


In the United States, anxiety rates are on the rise for the general population (Goodwin et al., 2020a). Prolonged and frequent anxiety can become unprompted and problematic (American Psychiatric Association, 2021). Management of anxiety is crucial for overall wellbeing. Access to treatment and resources for anxiety may be limited in rural geographical locations (Morales et al., n.d.). This DNP project sought to determine whether a brief intervention of electronic guided mindfulness meditation (MM) by Insight Timer is effective in decreasing anxiety in a rural populous. Convenience sampling recruited a final total of 11 rural participants who participated in seven sessions of mindfulness meditation over a 14-day period. Analysis via permutation testing of Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale scores from pre/post scores showed the intervention of MM to be statistically significant (p=0.0015).