Pay Attention, Nurses!

 In Nurses Weekly

Do you remember your car ride to work today? What were you thinking about the last time you inserted an intravenous catheter? When you were on a conference call, were you doing anything else other than listening to those who were speaking?

Often, I had trouble remembering my car ride to work, or when baking a cake, I’d lose count of how much flour I added. When I was playing tennis, I could never remember the score. I also love to multi-task when I am on conference calls, but since Healthy Nurse Healthy New Jersey has introduced me to mindfulness, things are starting to change for me! Just this week when playing tennis, I knew the score because my “mind was in the game.” I now push thoughts about what I plan to do after tennis aside and just focus on the game. Honestly, though, I am still working on being more attentive during conference calls!

The Healthy Nurse Healthy New Jersey theme this month is MINDFULNESS. So, what is mindfulness? Jon Kabat-Zinn, the expert in mindfulness, explains, “Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” (2012. p. 1).

Mindfulness is living in the moment, which doesn’t take any time at all. Research studies have shown that it is worth our time to practice mindfulness because mindfulness makes a difference. An integrative review revealed that mindfulness meditation is an effective strategy for preventing and managing workplace stress and burnout, which so often plague nurses (Van der Riet, Levett-Jones, & Aquino-Russell, 2018).

Honestly, we really don’t have time NOT to be mindful!

It takes discipline.

Take a moment to feel your body breathing.

Take a moment to NOTICE what is happening.

What I like about mindfulness is there is no right or wrong way.

Here are some interesting videos on mindfulness:

All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzR62JJCMBQ

Mindfulness: Being Fully Awake in Our Own Lives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBSO41ZimNs&index=1&list=PLbiVpU59JkVaWH5kKrkSCIkg0vKLr1p9f

The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeblJdB2-Vo&list=PLbiVpU59JkVbNfFyAG4SrC8NGnC0-D4jg&index=1

Don’t Try to be Mindful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_27l2hMYvE&index=2&list=PLbiVpU59JkVbNfFyAG4SrC8NGnC0-D4jg

Kudos to you if you read through this—you took the time to take care of yourself and focus on mindfulness. If you would like a chance to win the book Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn, send an email to healthynurse@njsna.org explaining how you have incorporated mindfulness into your life.

Best wishes on your mindfulness journey,

Sue Weaver and the Healthy Nurse Healthy New Jersey Team

Reminders:

Join the Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Mindfulness Challenge. Sign up here.

Join Healthy New Jersey Nurses in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s 

Sept. 22, 2019

Registration at 8:30 a.m., Ceremony at 9:30 a.m., Walk at 10 a.m.

Horseshoe Lake Park, 72 Eyland Ave, Succasunna, NJ

Healthy New Jersey Nurses who join us for this walk will receive a Healthy Nurse Healthy New Jersey t-shirt! Sign up here.

References

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2012). Mindfulness for beginners: Reclaiming the present moment and your life. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.

Van der Riet, P., Levett-Jones, T., & Aquino-Russell, C. (2018). The effectiveness of mindfulness meditation for nurses and nursing students: An integrated review. Nurse Education Today, 65, 201-211.

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