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Praise for The Mindful Nurse – Using the Power of Mindfulness and Compassion to Help You Thrive in Your Work


“This is a book to which all nurses can relate…an easy read, but with very deep and life-altering content. Real life work-place scenarios are interlaced flawlessly into the chapters. I found myself with each saying- “yeah- I have experienced that.” ” Wow- I thought I was the only one.” It is clear that Sheridan walks the talk and is very relatable. With a gentle humor that keeps the momentum going, mindfulness practices are revealed on a personal and professional level. Tips and tools for study practice make this an all-in-one book for study. There is no time frame for completion; it is up to the individual to focus on areas that may affect them the most.

For suggested use: I would recommend a full book scan to get an overview of its progression and field of topics. THEN go back and dig in from the start, utilizing the many practice tips, journaling and extended resource references.

Mindfulness in practice is a deeply personal intention. Guard this book with your (mindful) life!
Be prepared to feel the connection to many others who have embraced this powerful transformation.”

Kimberly Kimbrough BSN,RN
24 year Renal Dialysis/transplant nurse
Nashville, TN

“This book should be a part of every nurse’s education. As healthcare providers, we need to know ourselves and that we have needs, too. These needs can be met through mindfulness and compassion so that not curing a disease does not make us failures. When we create a quiet mind, like the still pond, the truth is reflected back to us free of turbulence, and true healing occurs as we learn to live between professional visits.”

Bernie Siegel, MD
Author of A Book of Miracles and The Art of Healing

“Mindfulness is all the rage right now, and if you do not understand it and don’t know what it can do for you and your personal and professional life, then this book will help. It guides you through the who, what, why, and how of the practice of mindfulness—all through the eyes of an author who relates it to nurses’ everyday lives and tasks. Carmel shows how it can improve your own life and the care you give to patients. The turns of phrase and concepts supporting the practice of mindfulness are delicious—I most loved the idea that self-compassion was an “antiseptic” and “anti-inflammatory” for those moments when you beat yourself up or blame others when things go wrong. There are lots of practical elements to help you start practicing mindfulness, from the moment you pick up the book, to encourage you to make mindfulness a daily part of your life so that you can enjoy living more.”

Jenni Middleton
Editor, Nursing Times

“Carmel Sheridan brings her experience in the nursing field together with her understanding of mindfulness practice to share a wealth of practical resources. All this is in service of supporting nurses to develop essential self care skills. The result is a book that could make a great contribution to nursing school cirricula around the globe.”

Sharon Salzberg
Author of Loving kindness and Real happiness

“An incredibly valuable tool for all nurses, whether beginning their career, reaching the point of burnout, or somewhere in between.
If you are wondering where your love of the job has gone, here are achievable exercises to reconnect with that. The love is still potentially there but often lost under the stress and exhaustion that is all too common in the nursing profession. This book offers practical tools for nurses who want to serve but also to nurture themselves.”

Bronnie Ware
Author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

“This excellent book provides a guide for nurses and health care providers on how to incorporate mindfulness practices into their work routine and everyday life. Written in a very engaging and accessible style, it offers practical guidance on applying a range of very feasible yet powerful practices that can enhance mental health and wellbeing and reduce stress and burnout. This is a very valuable addition to the current literature on mindfulness training and health promotion in the workplace.”

Margaret M. Barry, PhD
Professor of Health Promotion and Public Health,
World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health
Promotion Research, NUI Galway, Ireland

“Drawing on recent groundbreaking research in the field of neuroscience, Sheridan offers an extremely readable and insightful
guidebook to help nurses cultivate resilience and therapeutic presence and revitalize their practice. An excellent resource for nurses in both clinical and educational settings.”

Janice M Zeller, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Graduate Program Director,
North Park University School of Nursing

“The Mindful Nurse – Using the Power of Mindfulness and Compassion to Help you Thrive in your Work offers hardworking nurses a path forward. Finally, there is an accessible and effective way to avoid burnout and become healthy, balanced, and grounded. An invaluable resource!”

Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Author of Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and
Wellbeing; Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice; and
Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer

“Being more mindful—paying attention to what is actually happening in the moment with an attitude of kindness and compassion—may help practicing nurses and students of nursing enhance their professional practice as well as prevent burnout. Learning how to better care for oneself and one’s patients is what Carmel offers in this much-needed and practical guide for nurses wishing to develop greater mindfulness in their practice and personal lives.”

Lois Howland, PhD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science,
University of California San Diego;
Senior Teacher, Center for Mindfulness, UCSD

“Every staff nurse reading this book will say, “YES! This is nursing!” Every nurse often asks the question, “How can I manage that situation better?” Within the wisdom of this book are solutions. The suggested self-care, guidance, and techniques will raise the quality of nursing care and patient satisfaction. Being calm in stressful situations and being able to internalize this is a powerful awareness. It’s time to rebalance the technological systems now in place with compassion and kindness in clearer focus.”

Carole Ann Drick, PhD, RN, AHN-BC
President, American Holistic Nurses Association,
Author of Mother Stories: Through Our Mothers’ Death and Dying

“A much-needed, well-written, and full-of-wisdom guide to help care for the caregiver. Nurses and other healing professionals will benefit immensely from these clear and helpful mindfulness tools and practices. I imagine a quiet revolution in hospitals as nurses begin to embody mindfulness and compassion, transforming their own lives and the lives of everyone they touch.”

Diana Winston
Director of Mindfulness Education,
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
Author of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness