Mindful meditation: healing burnout in critical care nursing

Holist Nurs Pract. Jan-Feb 2008;22(1):32-6. doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000306326.56955.14.


The nursing profession is experiencing a crisis in both manpower and the ability to fend off the deleterious effects of burnout. Nursing professionals face extraordinary stress in our present medical environment, and studies have frequently found moderate-to-high levels of burnout among nurses. Nurses experience burnout for a variety of reasons, some inherent to the profession and others related to our 21st-century values that have necessitated multiple breadwinners within the household. Mindful meditation represents a complementary therapy that has shown promise in the reduction of negative stress and those extraneous factors that lead to burnout. A mindful, meditative practice can be another tool with which critical care nurses can regain the control of their careers and personal lives. The purpose of this article is to describe nurse burnout, identify those factors that contribute to burnout, and offer a solution to a continuing problem for nurses.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Critical Care / psychology*
  • Holistic Nursing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Meditation / methods*
  • Nurse's Role / psychology*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Social Support
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control