Caregivers, whether professionals or family members, are often pushed beyond the boundaries of their capacity and health in order to meet the needs of those in their care.
Senior nurses at Florida's Sarasota Memorial Hospital candidly discuss the changes to their personal lives and careers after learning the Transcendental Meditation technique, in this new 14 minute video.
The nurses give insight and hope for those in the helping professions—and also for those caring for children, parents, or grandparents.
Some interview highlights:
— ''We take seriously our responsibility to provide a healthy work environment. Nurses that take the time to learn coping strategies are better able to adapt and sustain a career in health care,' said Jen Rheingans, PhD, RN, a Research Specialist at Sarasota Memorial. She explained that after her committee looked at different available modalities to reduce stress, the Transcendental Meditation program stood out with over 360 peer-reviewed studies showing significant improvement in heart disease risk factors as well as reduction of anxiety, depression, and stress. She said, ''We decided to pursue a pilot study evaluating the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on compassion-fatique and resilience among nurses.''
— Administrative Supervisor Gloria Rupert, MSN, RN, CCRN, said that TM came at a time in her life when ''I was really ready for some stress relief and a way to control inner turmoil.'' She said that ''since TM, my life has changed dramatically. I'm better focused, more resilient, better able to prioritize so that I can meet the demands of my job.'' She also noticed physical health problems improving and felt this was a result of her TM practice, ''because of the stress in my life being so much less.''
— As Monique Kunz progressed into a position of greater responsibility as a Clinical Practice Specialist, she chose TM as a means of dealing with stress, finding that her resilience and ability to focus increased. She said, ''despite having those extra stresses with increased responsibilities in my new position in leadership, I actually find that I'm less reactive to stress and I'm able to function better.'' She now finds time and energy for enjoying creative pursuits like writing poetry.
— ''Transcendental Meditation has been really good for me, it has really changed my life,'' said Laura Johnston, BSN, a Float Team Nurse leader. She described being able to better handle the challenges of her job, addressing actual, existing situations in ''the now'' instead of ''imaginary problems that I'm creating for myself stress-wise''. With twice a day TM practice she feels ''rejuvenated, calmer''; after 20 minutes of TM ''I'm much more centered in my work, more positive, and I have a lot more energy.'' The program ''has really saved me and I want to thank the people that taught me.''
— ''I really didn't know what to expect when I first started the Transcendental Meditation technique, but after the first week, I felt like my life had changed for the better,'' said Karen Phillips, an orthopedic nurse. ''I'm happy that I now have a resource, a tool that takes me to that stable, inner calmness where I can deal with the ever-changing aspects of my life.''
— Mary S. Lanier, MSN, RNC of the Acute Pain Team enjoys relief from excessive worry after learning TM. She said, ''Life is easier when there is a sense of peace and calm both inside and outside of me.''