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 45 percent of hospital staff nurses experience nurse burnout, characterized by exhaustion, compassion fatigue, and physical and mental stress.
The Transcendental Meditation technique significantly reduces anxiety by shifting the nervous system into a calmer, more balanced, harmonious style of functioning that is the opposite of feeling stressed.
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).
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 published in 2019 in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development andpresented at conferences including the ANCC Magnet, the Florida Association of Nurse Executives, and the American Holistic Nurses Association.
The ANA’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Campaign
TM for Nurses is proud to be partners 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.
Published research on the benefits of the TM Program for nurses and nursing students:
- Perkins J, Aquino-Russell C. (2017) Graduate nurses experience the sacred during Transcendental Meditation. International Journal for Human Caring 2017 32(4):163-171.
- Bonamer JR, Aquino-Russell C. (2019) Self-care strategies for professional development: Transcendental Meditation reduces compassion fatigue and improves resilience for nurses. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development 2019 35(2):93-97.
- Perkins, J., & Aquino-Russell, C. (2021). Practicing transcendence in meditation speeds nurses’ evolutionary development: Shining the light of “consciousness” through the lens of Unitary Human Caring Science. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 26(4), 1-27.
- Aquino-Russell, C., Aldiabat, K., & Alsrayheen, E. (2023) Experiences of advanced standing program nursing students and instructors practicing Transcendental Meditation. American Journal of Qualitative Research, 2023, 7 (3), 32-48. https://doi.org/10.29333/ajqr/13239 © 2023 AJQR.