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J Nurses Prof Dev. 2019 Mar/Apr;35(2):93-97. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000522.

Self-Care Strategies for Professional Development: Transcendental Meditation Reduces Compassion Fatigue and Improves Resilience for Nurses.

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Jennifer (Rheingans) Bonamer, PhD, RN-BC, AHN-BC, is Nursing Professional Development-Research Specialist, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Florida. Catherine Aquino-Russell, PhD, MN, BScN, RN, is Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick, Moncton, Canada.


The Transcendental Meditation technique was provided to 27 nurses across levels and areas of the organization. Quantitative tools measured the effect on nurses' compassion fatigue and resilience. Paired-sample t test analyses revealed significant improvements in the phenomena studied. Further, resilience showed a large significant, inverse relationship with burnout. This study contributes new knowledge for an innovative self-care strategy to improve resilience and reduce compassion fatigue and burnout among nurses.

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