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Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) and its impact on stress levels in college students has been the focus of several research projects conducted by Nursing Faculty in collaboration with a volunteer group of Nursing students. Projects covering the physiological and emotional effects of these interactions have utilized methods including surveys and physiological assessments such as blood pressure. What makes the projects unique is the active involvement of nursing students in the planning, execution, and analysis of data, enriching both their academic experiences and the research itself.

Our approach consists of organized events where college students can interact with "comfort" animals. Findings indicate a reduction in post-interaction blood pressure and perceived stress, highlighting the efficacy of Human-Animal Interaction. Aligned with Salve Regina's mission, faculty and students worked together to foster lifelong learning, clear and creative thinking, and enduring values. This presentation will explore our project insights and the impact of HAI on college student stress. Our projects aim to promote student well-being on campus, and to engage nursing students in the development of essential skills.

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