Lesley Rink

Lesley Rink is a PhD student at Duke University School of Nursing.  Her research interests are in contemplative sciences with a focus on mindfulness-based practices.  As a nurse in the Surgery Trauma ICU at UNC Health Care for more than three years, she has conducted research projects for both health care providers and patients with an aim to assess changes in stress levels with brief mindfulness-based interventions. 

She has presented her research findings at national and local nursing conferences.  Lesley has frequently presented across the UNC Health Care System sharing information on stress reduction and resilience tools for health care providers.  Her passion for mindfulness-based interventions to reduce stress has inspired her research and pursuit of a PhD in Nursing.  She has a personal daily mindfulness meditation practice, has attended multiple silent meditation retreats, and has completed mindfulness-based stress reduction and integrative health coaching courses at Duke Integrative Medicine.  Lesley plans to continue integrating her mindfulness education and experience here at the Duke School of Nursing.  Lesley graduated with honors from the Duke University School of Nursing Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 2015 and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society. 

Before her nursing career, Lesley received her Bachelor of Science in Criminology and spent eight years working in public policy, budgetary development, and legislative advocacy work at the North Carolina General Assembly and the University of North Carolina System Office.   

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