Nurses Talk About Transcendental Meditation

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Scripps Magnet Program Supports Self Care for Nurses: An ED Nurses Story

I have been an RN at Scripps for 33 years and I can’t think of working anywhere else now. But there was a time when the stress in the ED felt so overwhelming that I would leave work in tears many days. Then when I heard Dr Mimi Guarneri (Cardiology) speak at a conference in 2014, she said “Transcendental Meditation® will change your life!”, and I just about fell out of my chair because I needed my life to change! Could practicing this thing called “TM®” really help me? I wanted to find out, so I learned this evidenced based technique a few weeks later. The improvement in my life shot straight through the roof!

Because TM decreased my stress significantly, I am better able to think clearly at work. I am more resilient and my reaction to stress has really improved. I no longer feel defensive and I am much happier. When I come across a problem at work, I don’t feel like complaining – I find solutions to the problem. I believe TM is the perfect tool for me as it has enhanced my job performance and job satisfaction. Just ask my Manager Rose Colangelo RN about how much my engagement in my job has improved!

I learned Transcendental Meditation to help with my stress at work, and because Scripps La Jolla Magnet hospital is so aware of the importance of self care for nurses, I feel supported in my TM practice, and am even able to do my meditation on a break at work in one of the quiet rooms. I love my job now and I feel that I have many more years to contribute to Scripps!

I know there are many avenues for self care. Transcendental Meditation works for me.


Listen: Becoming the Perfect Nurse: An interview with the director of TM for Nurses (12:34)

Listen: Nurse Talk radio: The solution to nurse burnout (11:11)


Written endorsements

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.”

Barb Ferrari

RN, Wellness and Prevention, Chicago south suburbs hospital, Personal Trainer
“I learned TM last year and it has enhanced my life. My energy & creativity is higher. I also feel a steady state of calm. It’s the most rewarding self-care habit I have learned!”

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.”

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.”