Posts By Amy Ruff RN BSN WOCN


Post-Surgical Relief

One of my friends just had a knee replacement. I read up a bit about the post-surgical experience and kept in close touch with her about her impressions in case I—or someone whose caregiver I might have to be—must someday undergo that surgery too. Here are a few important general points about recovering from surgery: […]


Is Transcendental Meditation the Same as Mindfulness?

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a U.S. government entity within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), describes meditation: “Meditation may be practiced for many reasons, such as to increase calmness and physical relaxation, to improve psychological balance, to cope with illness, or to enhance overall health and well-being.” We don’t meditate […]


Why Hospitals Should Pay for Nurses to Learn TM

Nurses make life and death decisions almost daily, rotate shifts, and are under constant time pressure and staffing challenges. These can lead to stress and distress, burnout (30 – 49% of nurses report a level of stress and exhaustion sufficient to qualify as high burnout), a potential health crisis among nurses, resulting in an increase […]


At Last! Good News for Menopausal Women

A paper published in PubMed and in the Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences a decade ago could have saved post-menopausal women from years of vulnerability to heart disease—had they only know about it.

February is “heart health month”—shouldn’t every month be? So as a nurse specializing in cardiovascular health, and as….


Why Am I So Tired

As a nurse, I’ve had many women present concerns that were deeply troubling and caused by severe health imbalance. More commonly, women have told me they are worried about something that sounds simple but is disabling nonetheless: chronic fatigue. Women ask, “Why am I so tired all the time?”


Alarming Health Statistics vs Wellness Revolution

On March 23rd, Womens enews.org featured an article about Atlanta’s Spelman College. It said: The historically black college for women decided it was time to do something major to redraw its student body’s alarming health profile: “We’ve been greeting incoming freshmen students who were pre-hypertensive, overweight, obese,” says its health services director. Brenda Dalton, director […]


Good News! Continuing Education Hours for Nurses

Just in time to celebrate the New Year, the American Holistic Nurses Association has approved education “contact hours” for nurses for taking the course of instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique (at a special discounted medical professionals fee) from a certified TM teacher in any state except California and Iowa.

I believe that this is a great leap forward in AHNA offerings to enhance a practitioner’s capacity. Most education hours involve gaining more clinical knowledge or skill, but learning the TM technique will unfold the practitioner’s mental and physical potential enabling her to expand her skill set and comprehension more easily. It will increase intelligence, creativity, focus, energy, good health and stamina while reducing fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression. As health professionals, we can feel secure in the knowledge that all of these benefits are verified by extensive, published, peer-reviewed research.


Reducing Stress for Women with Breast Cancer

The simple but remarkable fact about breast cancer is that two of its most significant risk factors are gender (being a woman) and aging. Not much can be done to undo those two phenomena. In 2014, more than 2.8 million U.S. women either currently or previously had breast cancer. But the stress that accumulates and […]


An Antidote to Nursing Stress: The Transcendental Meditation Technique

I am one of those people who knew by age five that I wanted to be a nurse. My idol was my aunt — a 1950s registered nurse, looking crisp and competent in her white uniform, going off to work in a large, brick, city hospital. She was confident and caring, and I knew that the people she touched would heal.


Women and Heart Disease: A Risk at Every Age

According to recent research presented at the 2014 American Heart Association Sessions on quality of care and outcomes, young to middle-aged women may have worse long term outcomes after experiencing a heart attack than men do. The research showed that women will more likely have less mental and physical capacity and quality of life with […]


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