Picture this: You walk into the storage room on your unit and stare at the materials cart, unable to remember what you are there for. Or how about this one? You enter Mr. Smith’s room and when you do you suddenly cannot recall what you were going to ask the patient in front of you.

As a busy nurse with so much on the mind, it’s no wonder we forget things from time-to-time. In fact, with alarm fatigue, electronic interruptions, and the everyday distractions that come from a busy, fulfilling life- it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all.

Mindfulness in Nursing Careers: How to Use Everyday Triggers in Practice #nursingfromwithinA Remedy to Information Overload

One solution to this constant go-go-go is to pause and bring mindfulness into your busy nursing career. Now I know (or can imagine from lots of experience with speaking to nurses on this subject) what you are going to say to this suggestion: ‘Elizabeth, I just don’t have time at work to pause. There is no way I can take a minute to do anything extra.’

I totally hear you. And partly agree.

Working with clinical nurses during my workshops, webinars, and group courses I have seen and heard it all. In fact, as a retired charge nurse on a busy inpatient psychiatric unit, I have lived it right there with y’all. There just seems to be no time at work to do anything extra!

And on top of that- what if the word ‘mindful’ turns you off? What if hearing about ‘presence’ and ‘pausing’ isn’t something that interests you?

What if you’re not into meditation?

Each time you sit down to meditate you fall asleep, get bored or frustrated with yourself thinking, “I just can’t do this“. Here’s a resource that can increase your mindfulness in nursing practice (and won’t take any extra time to do).

In this video I share with you how everyday triggers can help.

While the above video referenced and invited you to the Art of Nursing program of 2014 we will be celebrating Nurse’s Week with the Art of Nursing 2.0. During the Art of Nursing 2.0 program we will share mindfulness tools, holistic techniques and self-care practices that will uplift and empower your nursing practice. For more information, click here.

What is one way you can use everyday triggers to bring in more mindfulness as a busy nurse? I’d love to hear more ideas so go ahead and leave a comment below. Thanks for reading and enjoy the day!

(This post was written as part of the Nurse Blog Carnival. More posts on this topic can be found at The Balanced Nurse Blog. Find out how to participate.)

About the Author: As a speaker, workshop facilitator, and Reiki Master, Elizabeth partners with hospitals, organizations, associations, and nursing groups to help transform the field of nursing from the inside out. As the  host of the Your Next Shift Workshop, Elizabeth guides nurses and nursing students to a change in perspective, helping them make the inner shift needed to better maneuver the sometimes challenging realities of being a caregiver.

Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN

“I’m a Nurse, but I’m Not Sure I LOVE Nursing Anymore! Can You Help Me?”


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