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The Sacred Art of Nursing

A Mindful Approach to Nursing Care

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Nursing is an Art

(Florence Nightingale)

Nursing is an art;
and if it is to be made an art,
it requires as exclusive a devotion,
as hard a preparation,
as any painter’s or sculptor’s work;

for what is the having to do with
dead canvas or cold marble,
compared with having to do with the
living body – the temple of God’s spirit?

It is one of the Fine Arts;
I had almost said
the finest of the Fine Arts

Being a Nurse Means

(Melodie Chenevert, RN)

You will never be bored.
You will always be frustrated.
You will be surrounded by challenges.
So much to do and so little time.
You will carry immense responsibility
and very little authority.
You will step into people’s lives
and you will make a difference.
Some will bless you.
Some will curse you.
You will see people at their worst –
and at their best.
You will never cease to be amazed
at people’s capacity for
love, courage, and endurance.
You will see life begin – and end.
You will experience resounding triumphs
and devastating failures.
You will cry a lot.
You will laugh a lot.
You will know what it is to be human
and to be humane.

Mindfulness for Nurses

Mindfulness is the cultivation of moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness.  It is the art of deep listening, paying attention and being present to our experience. It is the opposite of mindlessness, where the attention is scattered, and awareness is limited, which can contribute to nurse error and compromise patient safety.

The practice of mindfulness can help nurses to be more attentive and responsive to the needs and concerns of patients. Mindfulness promotes safe, effective and compassionate nursing care. In addition, mindfulness can help nurses avoid professional burnout and compassion fatigue by learning to respond to the challenges and stresses in health care with greater awareness and resilience.

Mindful Tools

How to Practice Mindfulness in a Moment

As nurses, many of us work in a fast paced environment with multiple and sometimes competing demands. How can we practice mindfulness in the midst of a hectic day. Watch this short video by Martin Boroson to learn how.

Tips for Living Mindfully

Tips for Living Mindfully – SAN (PDF)

Box Breathing

Box Breathing (PDF)

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