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Can laughter yoga provide stress relief for clinical nurses?

Lynes, Linda MPH, MSN, RNP; Kawar, Lina PhD, RN, CNS; Valdez, Regina M. MA

doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000558481.00191.78

Laughter yoga is prolonged voluntary laughter accompanied by deep breathing and ending with meditation and relaxation. Read about a pilot study at a suburban community hospital to test the effect of laughter yoga on decreasing nurses' stress and compassion fatigue and enhancing their compassion satisfaction.

Linda Lynes is a staff educator at Kaiser Permanente-Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, Calif. At Kaiser Permanente-Southern California Patient Care Services in Pasadena, Calif., Lina Kawar is a nurse scientist and Regina M. Valdez is a senior research analyst.

Acknowledgments: Study operations were partially supported through Kaiser Permanente-Southern California Irvine Medical Center and the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regional Nursing Research Program. Special thanks to Ruby Gill, MBA/HCM, RN, CNE, KP-IMC, NE-BC, for her support of this study and ongoing encouragement. Thanks also to coinvestigator Jillian Clausi, BSN, RN, IBCLC.

The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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