The Relaxation Response

The relaxation response is a physiological state of deep rest. It is the opposite of fight-or-flight. The relaxation response is associated with decreased heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension, and increased energy and self-control. Regular practice of the relaxation response reduces anxiety and repetitive worry patterns, increases resistance to stress, and reduces symptoms of … Continue reading The Relaxation Response

What does the evidence say about nursing orientations?

Recently we conducted a review of current published articles (2015-2017) to evaluate evidence and recommendations for Transition into Practice programs including orientation and residency models. The evidence is clear in a number of areas:   New graduate RN retention in the first year of employment is a challenge for hospitals, ranging from a low of … Continue reading What does the evidence say about nursing orientations?

Centering tips for orientees, residents, and preceptors

What is Centering? Learning to Center your awareness is one of the most important skills you can develop as a caregiver. Centering is foundational to connecting deeply with others and developing your full healing potential. Centering is a mindfulness practice of learning to manage your attention so that you are aware of your inner reference … Continue reading Centering tips for orientees, residents, and preceptors

The importance of well-being in nursing practice

Why is well-being important? Reality shock for nurses is a problem that shows no signs of going away. Self-care is so vital for new hire nurses, but it is also important that hospitals support reflective learning practices that support well-being. Because around 25% of new nurses leave nursing during their first year of practice, hospitals … Continue reading The importance of well-being in nursing practice