Self-Care Strategies for Professional Development: Transcendental Meditation Reduces Compassion Fatigue and Improves Resilience for Nurses

J Nurses Prof Dev. 2019 Mar/Apr;35(2):93-97. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000522.


The Transcendental Meditation technique was provided to 27 nurses across levels and areas of the organization. Quantitative tools measured the effect on nurses' compassion fatigue and resilience. Paired-sample t test analyses revealed significant improvements in the phenomena studied. Further, resilience showed a large significant, inverse relationship with burnout. This study contributes new knowledge for an innovative self-care strategy to improve resilience and reduce compassion fatigue and burnout among nurses.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Compassion Fatigue / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Meditation / methods*
  • Meditation / psychology
  • Nurses / psychology*
  • Resilience, Psychological*
  • Self Care*
  • Staff Development / organization & administration*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires