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Self-Care Strategies for Professional Development

Transcendental Meditation Reduces Compassion Fatigue and Improves Resilience for Nurses

Bonamer, Jennifer (Rheingans) PhD, RN-BC, AHN-BC; Aquino-Russell, Catherine PhD, MN, BScN, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: March/April 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 93–97
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000522

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.

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.

This study received a grant provided from the Transcendental Meditation for Women Program Board.

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The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Jennifer (Rheingans) Bonamer, Education, Professional Development, and Research Department, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, 1700 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239 (e-mail:

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