The Use of Tai-Chi to Reduce Anxiety Among Nursing Students Undergoing Simulation

Nurs Educ Perspect. May/Jun 2020;41(3):183-184. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000495.


This study sought to examine tai-chi as an anxiety-reducing method to increase self-efficacy and improve performance among baccalaureate nursing students experiencing a patient care simulation. The sample included 63 nursing students enrolled in a traditional or second-degree nursing program. The study used a randomized control group pretest-posttest design. Students in the experimental group experienced significant reductions in cognitive and somatic anxiety, along with an increase in self-efficacy and improved performance. Tai-chi can be an effective technique to reduce anxiety and improve self-efficacy and performance among nursing students in simulations.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate*
  • Humans
  • Patient Simulation
  • Self Efficacy
  • Students, Nursing*
  • Tai Ji*