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The Effects of Lavender and Rosemary Essential Oils on Test-Taking Anxiety Among Graduate Nursing Students

McCaffrey, Ruth DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC; Thomas, Debra J. DNS, RN, FNP/ANP; Kinzelman, Ann Orth RN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181a110aa

Test taking in nursing school can produce stress that affects the ability of students to realize their goals of graduation. In this study, the use of lavender and rosemary essential oil sachets reduced test-taking stress in graduate nursing students as evidenced by lower scores on test anxiety measure, personal statements, and pulse rates.

Christine E Lynn College of Nursing (Dr McCaffrey) and Initiative for Intentional Health and Holy Cross Hospital (Ms Kinzelman), Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton; and Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff (Dr Thomas).

Corresponding Author: Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, Christine E Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (

This study was funded by a grant from Natures Way through the American Holistic Nurses Association.

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