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Student nurses to be taught hypnotherapy to help manage stress

Student nurses at a Scottish university are to be offered training in self-hypnotherapy to help them alleviate the stress of exams and course work.

The UK’s first ever visiting professor in clinical hypnosis has been appointed by the school of nursing and midwifery at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Ursula James will help develop new support strategies for students, including hypnotherapy, to alleviate the stress of exams and course work.

The work will be incorporated into the induction process for students in the nursing school and across the rest of the university.

She was approached about the post after delivering a workshop on self-hypnosis for childbirth at the university last year.

Professor James said she was looking forward to “working with students and staff on a number of exciting projects designed to reduce stress, improve personal abilities and enhance skills”.

While at the university, she will also continue her research into the effect of altered states on cognition and help develop full- and part-time MSc courses in clinical hypnosis.

The MSc course, which will be developed throughout next year, will contain modules on smoking cessation, childbirth and weight loss.

Head of nursing school professor Ian Murray said: “Clinical Hypnosis is an exciting area of medical practice and we are delighted Professor James has joined our team.

“We look forward to working with her to develop new courses for the university as well as innovative ways of alleviating stress and improving student performance.”


An expert in her field, Professor James has authored a number of textbooks and currently teaches clinical hypnosis at 11 medical schools.

She also had her own TV series on Channel 5 called “Sex, Lies and Hypnosis”, which used hypnotherapy for relationships and is a patron of the charity Anxiety UK.

 

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Readers' comments (29)

  • Isn't it the stress of working on the wards in an understaffed environment that needs sorting out first!

    Judging by the abilities of newly trained nurses, maybe the time would be better spent on teaching the basics of nursing and nursing care that seem so sadly lacking today.

    Is there anybody with sense in charge of our profession ???

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  • hope they don't use it on the wards. we need nurses not zombies caring for patients!

    hypnotised 6C zombies with a few robots programmed to carry out some of the tasks, and overhead drones for surveillance, would be the ultimate!

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  • it seems there are a lot of what were once considered essential skills and theory which students are not being taught due to lack of time!

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  • Anonymous | 26-Jul-2013 1:15 pm

    The university is in Scotland which is outwith the reach of Cummings, Bennett and does not subscribe to their NHS England 6Cs nonsense.

    Of course, staffing levels, skill/mix ratios, pay, working conditions, etc, etc all need to be dealt with, but who is doing anything about it? Certainly not the Nursing Profession. Yet, one only has to read these comments for about 5 minutes to see very clearly the levels of poorly coped-with stress in this profession. Why would better equipping our nurses be a bad thing? Nurses who have the tools to deal better with stress will most likely be more effective in dealing with the issues that cause it in the first instance. This is a good start. Well done Robert Gordon Uni.

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  • mags | 26-Jul-2013 1:29 pm

    yep. you only need to read some of the posts from students and NQs to get a flavour of how anxious they are about nursing. with the attitude of some of the comments in this thread you can see some of the reasons why.

    various anonymous'

    what makes you all think you are so fantastic. some of the mentors i had as a student lacked even basic knowledge or care. clean up your own act before turning this into a bashing of NQs.

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  • Anonymous | 26-Jul-2013 12:50 pm

    Judging by the abilities of newly trained nurses, maybe the time would be better spent on teaching the basics of nursing and nursing care that seem so sadly lacking today.

    such a poor comment and it shows what kind of attitude you have to possible future colleagues. Im about to be a newly qualified and luckily enough comments like this do no effect. However if i was going to begin work on your unit i wouldnt be too confident having to work with you. As a newly qualified i believe we are still on a huge learning curse which needs to be aided by yourself and not be criticised for what we might not know. I bet you dont even know everything that you are supposed to!

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  • Plus id like to say that many nurses that are passing the course have an excellent knowledge and skills base, possibly greater that the 'older' nursing population. We can all criticise each other but in a profession where we work together it isnt productive!

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  • To Andrew Johnson 26-Jul-2013 2:46 pm

    such a poor comment and it shows what kind of attitude you have to possible future colleagues. Im about to be a newly qualified and luckily enough comments like this do no effect. However if i was going to begin work on your unit i wouldnt be too confident having to work with you. As a newly qualified i believe we are still on a huge learning curse which needs to be aided by yourself and not be criticised for what we might not know. I bet you dont even know everything that you are supposed to!


    You have just proved my point.

    I am not an ogre to work with, I expect high standards, common sense, patients looked after and charts completing properly. All of this was lacking when a newly qualified nurse looked after my father recently and the consequences were serious.

    You would expect the training to at least provide those basic skills. And before you criticise, yes her mentor should have been mentoring properly too.

    I wouldn't profess to know everything but I do know about basic care.

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  • Anonymous | 26-Jul-2013 1:40 pm
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    Andrew Johnson | 26-Jul-2013 2:46 pm

    Well said. The problem with nursing is that it eats its 'young' (and mature, but still new) nurses. I don't know if the day will ever dawn when we can harness the enthusiasm, new knowledge and courage of our NQs with the experience and wisdom of those who have been qualified and have continued to learn for some years, without all the bitterness and horizontal violence. But it would be great if we could.
    Andrew. Good luck in your career. I'm sure you'll be a brilliant nurse. Keep sticking up for yourself and your patients and you won't go far wrong.

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  • Anonymous | 26-Jul-2013 3:05 pm

    my grandmother was given appalling care in a hospital ward two months ago. not a student or nq in sight. all served up by so-called experienced registered nurses who are now the subject of a massive complaint. they wouldn't have known what BASIC CARE was if it fell on them. i would have rather had one of my excellent classmates looking after her.

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  • Anonymous | 26-Jul-2013 3:05 pm

    Im sorry to hear about your father but you cannot generalise every NQ by your experince.

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  • I was under the misapprehension that these comments spaces were for rational debate and working to find solutions to the many problems facing nursing, which seemed such a good opportunity. however, all I find is a depressing diatribe of nurses and others against one another. I obviously came to the wrong place and have no desire to read further in my own free time or see any point in making any more contributions of my own. It is all so disappointing and I feel badly let down by a profession I was once so proud to be a part of.

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  • One of my OT friends working in mental health did training in clinical hypnotherapy and uses it in her practice. She taught my son who is a student (not nursing) some techniques to help him relax, de-stress and focus better. He has found it to be very helpful particularly with exams and course presentations. He is much more confident in his own abilities. It seems like complete common sense to me that this should be something that is available anyone, not just student nurses. My friend's patients benefit hugely from her extra skill.
    It is a shame that there are so many ignorant comments talking about 'zombies', 'robots' and slating newly qualified staff. A bit of reflection and an effort to educate yourselves before such outbursts might prevent them happening in the first place.

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  • Anonymous | 26-Jul-2013 3:52 pm

    shame you are so judgemental and shockable and don't appreciate irony or a wicked sense of humour but it rather follows the thread of quite a few of the comments in NT. Sorry if it cause you offence it was not the intention and there was no mention of newly qualified nurses in the comment.

    it was really referring to previous articles sometime ago about the use of robots and other comments about surveillance by drones.

    us 'ancients' don't always understand all of the modern methods employed by the youngsters and sometimes rather sceptical, but there is no doubt they will do well - either sink or swim like your predecessors! :-)

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  • hypnosis is a totally normal phenomenon. You put yourself in hypnosis at least 7 times a day. It is not sleep, not mind control and you are not a zombie. In fact what hypnotherapy does is to dehypnotize people from the limiting beliefs that are desempowering.

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  • some dentists are trained in hypnotherapy although I am not sure whether it is current practice in the UK.

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  • Anonymous | 26-Jul-2013 5:33 pm

    Pity you are so disingenuous.

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  • Anonymous | 26-Jul-2013 6:52 pm

    pity you are so unpleasant and ungracious.

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  • Anonymous | 26-Jul-2013 7:05 pm

    Were you being ironic again? Or just ungracious and unpleasant again like in your first comment? tut tut

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  • Anyone for a wee 'dod' of hypnosis?!

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