What is Nursing Nidra?
Nursing Nidra incorporates some of the most profound tools that exist for integrating mind, body, and spirit. Nursing Nidra helps you to reduce the impact of stress and reverse burnout, so that you can feel better faster, no matter what your starting point. It blends some of the best of western science with that of the eastern practice known as yoga nidra.
For thousands of years, people have practiced yoga nidra to lessen those subconscious impressions that drive adverse behavior. It is not physical movement. It is a mental practice that promotes deep relaxation of the body, together with a more alert and focused state of mind and the release of trauma and upset from body and mind.
Yoga nidra means “sleep of the yogi,” which is a play on words. We have named our program Nursing Nidra – “The Rest of the Nurse." Nursing Nidra will not only give you rest, but also it will help you reconnect with the rest of you - the part that gets lost so easily among the demands of everyday life and one’s profession.
The Nursing Nidra – Building Your Firm Foundation program helps you, the nurse, not only understand how self-care and well-being are vital to your continued success, but also have the tools to create them. A recent survey performed by Kronos, Inc. (Brooks, 2017) found that 85% of nurses suffer from fatigue. Giving you tools to help reduce fatigue and take better care of yourself not only helps you, but also your patients. Bush (2009) hit the nail on the head when she said, “Only when nurses take time to heal themselves can they be truly available to aid in the healing of others.” Self-care is a vital part of healing, not to mention maintaining resiliency. According to the AHNA, “Self-care includes holistic self-assessment, personal development and conscious empowerment” (AHNA, 2017). Nursing Nidra incorporates each of these three fundamentals, and throughout the program, we allow time for self-reflection as well, knowing that this too is one of the foundations of holistic nursing.
American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). (2017). Holistic self-care for nurses. Retrieved from http://www.ahna.org/Home/Resources/Holistic-Self-Care
American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). (2017). Holistic stress management. Retrieved from http://www.ahna.org/Home/Resources/Stress-Management
Brooks, M (2017). Nurses love what they do but battle fatigue, survey shows. News & Perspective: May. Retrieved from www.medscape.com/viewarticle/879761
Bush, N. (2009). Compassion fatigue: Are you at risk? Oncology Nursing Forum, 36(1), 24-28.