Anesha Narain Fall Blog Post #1
The title of our project is “The Use of aromatherapy in freshman nursing students to decrease test anxiety.” The purpose is to investigate the efficacy of lavender inhalation in reducing test anxiety and improving sleep in University 101 freshman students over the age of 18 who have no cognitive impairments, can read and understand English, have no unstable psychiatric impairments including depression and severe anxiety disorders, no lung conditions such as asthma or rhinitis, and are not pregnant. The goals of our study are to answer three research questions:
1.) In a sample of University 101 nursing freshman age 18 and over, what is the incidence of test anxiety?
2.) In a sample of University 101 nursing freshman age 18 and over, does the use of lavender inhalation 3 times per week reduce test anxiety as measured by the Westside Test Anxiety Scale?
3.) In a sample of University 101 nursing freshman age 18 and over, does the use of lavender inhalation 3 times per week increase the number of hours of sleep as measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Scale (modified)?
The implications of this study could once and for all prove the effectiveness of using lavender as an anxiolytic in students and have far reaching effects nation or even worldwide. The methods we will use include administering a demographic data questionnaire, the Westside Test Anxiety scale and the Pittsburgh Sleep inventory on qualtrics at the beginning and end of our study as well as a weekly modified sleep questionnaire. We will then conduct an SPSS and ANOVA to analyze the data.