The nursing profession attracts individuals who are strong and supportive who want to make a difference in people’s lives. Statistics show that over 40% of hospital staff nurses experience nurse burnout.
The effects include
Among many benefits, practice of the Transcendental Meditation
Chronic stress has a deleterious effect on the entire physiology, including the brain. The adrenal production of catecholamines and cortisol are associated with a rise in blood pressure. Prolonged exposure to the stress hormone cortisol is very damaging, and the hippocampus—the gateway to memory function in the brain—shrinks in size in response. TM practice is associated with lower cortisol levels, and is the only meditation that shows increases in broadband intra and inter-hemispheric EEG coherence. This enlivenment of prefrontal cortical activity and interhemispheric coherence is likely responsible for the improvement in focus, memory, ability to plan, analytical thinking, creativity, and interpersonal behavior that are documented in studies of those regularly practicing TM.
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 in cardiac patients, and normalization of components of the metabolic syndrome (including systolic blood pressure and insulin resistance) in patients with coronary artery disease.
Listen: Becoming the Perfect Nurse with Amy Ruff, RN, BSN, WOCN:
“Even after my first experience of Transcendental Meditation, I felt more grounded in my body and calmer than ever before. In my first year of doing TM, the benefits helped me tremendously through rapid changes in my nursing career. TM uniquely establishes me in my inner self, enabling me to move through the world in a kinder, more just, more compassionate, and integrated way. I manage the external chaos much more easily. I am most grateful that TM is part of my daily life!”
RN, Col. U.S. Army (ret.), MS candidate, UC-San Francisco School of Nursing
“TM gives me the boost I need to start and get on with my day, like the benefit of coffee without side effects. When I have a stressful schedule, TM calms me down. Balancing the demands of graduate school, clinical rotations, and family responsibilities can be extraordinarily challenging—TM has made this possible. It’s a tool that I rely on to strengthen me daily and especially during diffcult times.”
PhD-C, MSN, RN, FPN
“As a trauma nurse for over twenty years, I have experienced many medical emergencies. Before I learned TM, the effects of these stressful experiences could sometimes last for days. When I began my PhD program, the added stress—on top of all my other responsibilities—was almost overwhelming. None of the stress-coping methods I’d practiced throughout my professional career was adequate. However, since learning TM, I’ve noticed that I am focused and calm during emergencies and am able to resume work without residual stress. TM has improved my memory and learning ability and enabled me to succeed as a mother, PhD student, trauma nurse, and researcher.”
BSN, RN, WOCN
“Nursing requires compassion, dedication, and patient advocacy. As a nurse practicing the TM technique, I find that deep stresses and fatigue are eliminated, making it easy for me to give the best care to my patients and their families. The TM practice only takes 20 minutes twice a day—a small investment of time for a lifetime of reward.”
1Hospital Nurse Staffing and Patient Mortality, Nurse Burnout, and Job Dissatisfaction by L. Aiken, S. Clarke, D. Sloane, J. Sochalski, J. Siber, JAMA Oct.23/30 2002 Vol.288 No. 16 p.1987