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A course for every nursing school and every hospital
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8 February 2013
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While 'nurse burnout' generally comes over time, it was only six months after graduating from nursing school that RN Amy Ruff started to feel the symptoms.
As a young nurse working in an intensive care unit, Amy's nervous system was quickly being overwhelmed by the stress of her profession. 'Even though I had great mentors,' she said in an interview with TM Radio for Women, 'it was very stressful and I felt the effects of stress growing both mentally and physically. . . . Even having two days off in a row didn't get rid of the fatigue I was feeling.'
But relief came to the 21-year-old quickly, when she went to a free introductory lecture on Transcendental Meditation and decided to take the course right away.
Her experience: 'It was amazing!' Amy told TM Radio for Women. 'With my first meditation, I experienced a very deep calm and peacefulness within. I could not believe how easy it was, how completely effortless it felt. I was awake and alert, but my body was resting very deeply. It was incredible. I had never experienced anything like it before.'
For Ms Ruff, practising Transcendental Meditation translated into tangible benefits right away, affecting everything in her life, in and out of work. 'I just began to feel overall less anxious. That calm and rested state that I experienced during the TM meditation carried over into activity after the meditation. I began to feel less exhausted at the end of a stressful day and even if I'd had a really bad day, the evening meditation helped relieve the tiredness and stress so that I had some energy for the evening at home.'
'The Transcendental Meditation technique is the perfect antidote to nurse burnout,' Amy says. 'I feel that the course should be offered in every hospital and every nursing programme.'
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