Nursing: Understanding Mindfulness Practice for Nurses and Patients

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About Course #N1958

Release Date: November 28, 2018

Expiration Date: March 29, 2021

Mindfulness, the practice of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness, is a holistic way to reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing. This course provides the learner with an overview of mindfulness techniques, the neurobiological underpinnings of how mindfulness works in the brain, and evidence of the effectiveness of mindfulness in different areas of life. It also discusses methods to foster mindfulness and describes how nurses can begin a mindfulness practice for themselves and their patients, including suggestions for guided sessions.

About the Author(s)

Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, received her bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, in 1989 and 1996, respectively, and her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2000. She has been a practicing nurse practitioner since 1996 and a member of the Holistic Nurses Association since 2005. Dr. McCaffrey has served on the faculty of Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Florida Atlantic University since 2001 and is presently director of the DNP program at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. She also serves on the editorial board of numerous nursing journals and has presented papers nationally and internationally on holistic and complementary therapies, including mindfulness. In 2017, Dr. McCaffrey's article "Transformational Leadership: A Model for Advanced Practice Holistic Nurses," coauthored with Humberto Reinoso, appeared in the Journal of Holistic Nursing.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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