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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)

  • 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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