Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation for Nurses

8-week introductory mindfulness-based program for all Nurses.

Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation for Nurses

Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation for Nurses is for both nurses who are new to mindfulness meditation AND for nurses who are familiar with the mindfulness practices who wish to develop and refine their skills in a supportive space.


Program Overview

This experiential program emphasizes establishing a regular meditation practice and integrating mindfulness into everyday life.  Through explanation, guidance, and discussion, we will explore how mindfulness meditation and guided meditation for nurses allows us to cultivate, refine and deepen our capacity to pay attention to the present moment – rediscovering peace and stillness.

Engaging in this practice will revitalize the mind and body, reduce stress, and nourish us on a deep level.

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approved to award 48.5 contact hours Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17700 for 48.5 contact hours.

More Details

This program is unique in that it is the only Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation (MBSM) program exclusively for nurses.

Typically, nurses may experience many daily stressors both at work and home.

These may include working long hours, caring for patients and families experiencing pain, loss, and suffering, managing workload and patients with complex needs in areas of understaffing and limited resources. These stressors often lead to compassion fatigue, burnout, and emotional exhaustion.

Learning mindfulness and establishing a regular practice has been shown to help nurses manage stress more effectively and improve resiliency.

This program will guide you to meet difficult and unpleasant situations with acceptance and to be more aware of the flow of thoughts and feelings.

You will learn to become more fully present with yourselves, family and patients which will improve your ability to manage stress, enhance decision making, well-being and self-efficacy.

You will be supported by a group of nurses who share similar experiences and views.

Through participation in the weekly discussion, you will be able to share your experiences and challenges in an environment that is confidential, non-judgmental and where you are treated with kindness and compassion.

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1
    • Rapid relaxation
    • Introduction to meditation, mindfulness and stillness.
    • A little on history and science
    • Benefits of mindfulness meditation
    • Preparation for stillness
    • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Week 2
    • Overview of Healing
    • The Stress Response
    • Challenge/Threat/Task Mode
    • Neuroplasticity
    • Posture
    • Establishing a Regular Practice
    • 3 Noble Principles
    • Relaxing Body Scan
  • Week 3
    • Two Aspects of the Mind
    • The Thinking Mind
    • Excessive Thinking
    • Mindful Movement
    • Mindfulness of Breath
    • Attitude
  • Week 5
    • Mindfulness of Emotions
    • Feelings
    • Centering Practice
    • The ACE Factor
    • Repression
    • Cognitive and Effective Emotion
    • The Centering Meditation
  • Week 6
    • Revision: The Distinction between Awareness and Thinking/Contents of Awareness and Awareness Itself.
    • Stillness is Ever Present
    • The Non-judgmental Observer
    • Qualities of Awareness
    • The 4 Experiments to Notice Movement of Thoughts and Stillness
    • Mindfulness of Thoughts and Stillness Meditation
  • Week 7
    • Mini Meditation – Centering
    • 5 minute meditation for nurses
    • Self Compassion
    • Loving Kindness
    • Loving Kindness Meditation
  • Week 8
    • Week 8
      • Living Mindfully
      • Summary of Stillness
      • Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation – The Complete Practice

Course Creator & Faculty

Louise Bobbitt

Louise Bobbitt

RN, PGDipNurs
Specialty Program Faculty
Louise Bobbitt RN PGDipNurs completed training as an Integrative Nurse Coach™ with Cohort 30. Louise has worked in England and more recently in New Zealand. She has worked in a variety of settings as a senior nurse and clinical nurse specialist including general medicine, hematology and more recently oncology. Through a challenging phase, Louise discovered a passion for Mindfulness and Meditation and completed courses including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self Compassion. Following attendance at a Deepening Meditation retreat run by Dr Ian Gawler she returned to the Gawler Cancer Foundation in Australia 3 more times to train as a Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation Teacher. She is passionate about sharing what she has learnt with her whanau, patients and the greater nursing community.

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