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NURS 4001, Section 08, Research and Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice November 1, 2013
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McCaffrey, Thomas and Kinzelman (2009) discussed in this study the effects of lavender and rosemary essential oils used for test taking anxiety among graduate nursing students. It used a quantitative quasi-experimental design with pre and post-test measures. Quasi-experimental designs involve manipulation of independent variables but lack randomization or a control group research design. (Schmidt & Brown, 2012, p. 171) McCaffrey et al. (2009) used a sample size of 40 graduate nursing students from Florida Atlantic University. The students had to sign an informed consent to be able to participate in the study. All of the 40 students completed the test required to complete study data collection. To measure the stress of the students a TAS, 10 item self -report instrument, measurement tool was used. (McCaffrey et al., 2009) Three tests were used in the study. The first test used was a control to determine the baseline information. The student completed the TAS at the beginning of the test and after the completion of the test. (McCaffrey et al., 2009) The second test the students completed the TAS measuring tool as before but each received lavender essential oil inhaler before and during the test. (McCaffrey et al., 2009) The students documented how many times the lavender inhaler was used. The third test same measures used as before but this time rosemary essential oil inhaler was used. (McCaffrey et al., 2009) The students documented how many times rosemary inhaler used as before. Paired t tests were used to measure the difference in means of the TAS scores between the pretest measurement and the posttest measurement, between the first test (control), the second test (lavender) and the third test (rosemary). There was no significant difference between pre and...
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