Preventing and Reversing Nurse Burnout

23 CE contact hours are now available for the course: “Transcendental Meditation® for nurses: Developing capacity for improved judgment, decision making and resilience under stress”
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
AHNA approval #1229, Expiration date 12/6/18

Contact Amy Ruff RN BSN WOCN at (641)451-1592, nurses@tm​-​

TM Program for Nurses: Nourishing the Caregiver from Within (14:45)


The nursing profession attracts individuals who are strong and supportive who want to make a difference in people’s lives. Statistics show that over 40% of hospital staff nurses experience nurse burnout.

The effects include

  • Increased physical and emotional symptoms
  • Increased absenteeism
  • Increased errors in decision making and routine tasks
  • Decreased ability to work with colleagues and supervisors
  • Decreased quality of patient care

Transcendental Meditation provides a solution

Among many benefits, practice of the Transcendental Meditation

  • Provides deep rest
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases energy and stamina
  • Decreases anxiety and depression
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves communication and leadership skills
  • Increases job satisfaction and career success

How the TM Program Reduces the Impact of Stress

Chronic stress has a deleterious effect on the entire physiology, including the brain. The adrenal production of catecholamines and cortisol are associated with a rise in blood pressure. Prolonged exposure to the stress hormone cortisol is very damaging, and the hippocampus—the gateway to memory function in the brain—shrinks in size in response. TM practice is associated with lower cortisol levels, and is the only meditation that shows increases in broadband intra and inter-hemispheric EEG coherence. This enlivenment of prefrontal cortical activity and interhemispheric coherence is likely responsible for the improvement in focus, memory, ability to plan, analytical thinking, creativity, and interpersonal behavior that are documented in studies of those regularly practicing TM.

Other beneficial effects of the TM technique include a reduction in high blood pressure after only a few weeks of regular practice, decreased risk of myocardial infarction and stroke in cardiac patients, and normalization of components of the metabolic syndrome (including systolic blood pressure and insulin resistance) in patients with coronary artery disease.

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Immediate Results

The TM practice is unique among meditation techniques, distinguished by its simplicity and profound, immediate results.  It is not a religion or philosophy and involves no change in lifestyle.  It is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, requiring no effort, concentration, or special skills.  More Information about the Transcendental Meditation technique 

600 Scientific Research Studies

The TM program is by far the most extensively researched program for self development.  Scientists at over 250 independent research institutions including Harvard, Yale, and UCLA Medical School have conducted research on the TM program, finding practical benefits that are significant to all fields of life:  improved mental capacity, health, career success, relationships, and inner peace. More information.

Listen: Becoming the Perfect Nurse with Amy Ruff, RN, BSN, WOCN (12:34)

Nurses’ Comments

Ann Rose Dichov


“Even after my first experience of Transcendental Meditation, I felt more grounded in my body and calmer than ever before. In my first year of doing TM, the benefits helped me tremendously through rapid changes in my nursing career. TM uniquely establishes me in my inner self, enabling me to move through the world in a kinder, more just, more compassionate, and integrated way. I manage the external chaos much more easily. I am most grateful that TM is part of my daily life!”

Mary-Ann Rich

RN, Col. U.S. Army (ret.), MS candidate, UC-San Francisco School of Nursing

“TM gives me the boost I need to start and get on with my day, like the benefit of coffee without side effects. When I have a stressful schedule, TM calms me down. Balancing the demands of graduate school, clinical rotations, and family responsibilities can be extraordinarily challenging—TM has made this possible. It’s a tool that I rely on to strengthen me daily and especially during difficult times.”

Jacqueline Lopez Gregory


“As a trauma nurse for over twenty years, I have experienced many medical emergencies. Before I learned TM, the effects of these stressful experiences could sometimes last for days. When I began my PhD program, the added stress—on top of all my other responsibilities—was almost overwhelming. None of the stress-coping methods I’d practiced throughout my professional career was adequate. However, since learning TM, I’ve noticed that I am focused and calm during emergencies and am able to resume work without residual stress. TM has improved my memory and learning ability and enabled me to succeed as a mother, PhD student, trauma nurse, and researcher.”

​Christy Schmerer​


​”​I have always had an interest in, or have believed in, and sought to achieve, an enhanced sense of spirituality, calmness and grace. Many would simply see this as feeling relaxed and unencumbered. In any case, who doesn’t want to achieve a true sense of self, a state of rest and enlightenment? But who has the time to figure out how to achieve this with our currently overwhelming lives? Who can fit in one more thing?
Thankfully, a current TM-er (fellow nurse) turned me onto the magic! When she noticed how interested I was in learning Transcendental Meditation, and that I was seeking what TM could offer, she simply helped arrange for me to take the course.
Learning and practicing TM did not add “one more thing,” nor further overwhelm my life–conversely, it has granted me the inner strength to take things as they come. TM has allowed me to focus, prioritize, create time for myself, feel less stressed and overwhelmed, provided a sense of calm, allowed me to be more patient, and somehow increased the time I have to accomplish what I need and want. These achievements in personal growth have allowed me to be more productive in both my personal and work life! Never would I have imagined that something so beautifully complex could be so simple to achieve! I am so thankful.​”​


Contact Transcendental Meditation for Nurses 641-451-1592 nurses@tm​-​

1Hospital Nurse Staffing and Patient Mortality, Nurse Burnout, and Job Dissatisfaction by L. Aiken, S. Clarke, D. Sloane, J. Sochalski, J. Siber, JAMA Oct.23/30 2002 Vol.288 No. 16 p.1987