How Nurses Benefit from TM
You can’t pour from an empty cup. You started nursing filled with energy and enthusiasm, but the stress of nursing may now have reduced your resilience and compassion. In fact, statistics show that over 40 percent of hospital staff nurses experience nurse burnout, characterized by exhaustion, compassion fatigue, and physical and mental stress.
Chronic stress has a deleterious effect on the entire physiology, including the brain. The TM practice is associated with lower cortisol levels, and is the only meditation that shows increases in broadband intra and inter-hemispheric EEG coherence. Other beneficial effects of the TM technique include a reduction in high blood pressure after only a few weeks of regular practice, decreased risk of myocardial infarction and stroke, and normalization of components of the metabolic syndrome (including systolic blood pressure and insulin resistance). Read more about the health benefits of TM.
Happier Nurses, Healthier Patients
Researchers based at Sarasota Memorial Hospital found clear statistical evidence that the TM technique can increase resilience and compassion satisfaction among nurses while decreasing burnout and secondary traumatic stress. The results of this study were presented at the ANCC Magnet Conference in 2016, as well as the Florida Association of Nurse Executives and the American Holistic Nurses Association National Conference.
Partnering with the ANA’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation campaign
TM for Nurses is proud to be working with the American Nurses Association and the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation campaign to bring about healthy changes in the nursing community. The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation campaign encourages you to put your health first by concentrating on a holistic approach to wellness. The Transcendental Meditation technique should be a key component of that approach.