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Cultivating Mindfulness to Enhance Nursing Practice

Ponte, Patricia Reid DNSc, RN, FAAN; Koppel, Paula MS, RN, GNP-BC

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: June 2015 - Volume 115 - Issue 6 - p 48–55
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000466321.46439.17
Cultivating Quality

Participation in a pilot program leads to less self-reported stress and improved connections with patients and families.

The authors describe the multifaceted mindfulness program they introduced for members of the nursing team at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as well as how nurses in all settings can use mindfulness-based techniques to enhance their well-being and the care of patients.

Patricia Reid Ponte is senior vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and executive director of oncology nursing and clinical services at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Paula Koppel is a nurse consultant and integrated health coach at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The authors acknowledge Beth Kantz, RN, for her writing and editing support. Contact author: Patricia Reid Ponte, The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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