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Mindfulness in Nursing

  • : Brisbane City QLD 4000

2 day workshop: Using Mindfulness to Reduce Stress and Burnout; Enhance Collaborative Relationships; Mindfulness as a Tool to Improve Wellbeing and much, much more...



Excessive stress has a significant impact on wellbeing and quality of life, and is a major health issue in contemporary society. Work-related stress has increased, and is a growing challenge for health care workers, managers, organisation’s and the community generally. Unmanaged stress is known to have a detrimental effect on staff wellbeing, with increased absenteeism, staff turnover, and reduced performance, all of which affect working relationships, staff-staff and nurse-patient interactions.

Attend this seminar to discover what mindfulness is and how mindfulness training can be used in our daily lives, the workplace, and in assisting patients. Learn how mindfulness can:

  • Reduce stress and burnout in staff
  • Improve focus and concentration
  • Contribute to the management of a variety of conditions such as anxiety and depression, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, pregnancy and childbirth
  • Improve patient care and health outcomes


Need for Program


Mindfulness training has been found to reduce stress and burnout in staff, improve focus and concentration, and improve patient care. Evidence-based mindfulness programs, interventions, and techniques have been found to assist in the management of a variety of conditions such as anxiety and depression, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood, and enhancing the wellbeing of university students. Mindfulness can be used in our daily lives, the workplace, and in assisting patients.

Mindfulness is about being aware and non-judgmentally accepting thoughts, emotions and body sensations as they arise, noticing their impermanence and letting them pass. This increases our ability to pay attention to what we are doing and regulate our thoughts, emotions and body sensations. Paying attention and self-regulation is essential to our own wellbeing and to the provision of high quality patient care. With increasing busyness and distractions in the workplace, it can become very difficult for nurses and midwives to remain focused and present to the needs of those for whom they provide care.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this interactive program is to provide an introduction to mindfulness practice. By considering the principles of mindfulness and the evidence for its use in healthcare, participants will gain insight into how mindfulness can be used by nurses and midwives to reduce stress and risk, improve wellbeing and enhance care in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Explain what is meant by the term ‘mindfulness’ and discuss how it is being used in health care
  • List at least three benefits of how practising mindfulness can result in the provision of high quality health care
  • Explain how mindfulness can reduce risk in health care delivery
  • Use a range of mindfulness techniques for self-care, and apply these to improving patient care
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    The Stress and Relaxation Response - Reducing Burnout

    Burnout can be caused by excessive and ongoing stress due to emotional, mental and physical exhaustion. It's a pervasive and damaging condition that develops over time – having profound health implications that can seriously affect the personal and professional lives of sufferers. This introductory session explores stress and how it affects our biochemistry, emotions and performance. We will reflect on our wellbeing before considering the wellbeing of our colleagues and patients. Learn:

    • The effects of the acute and long-term stress responses in the human body
    • Identify the effects of stress in your own mind and body
    • Reduce tension and pain in your body right now!
    • What happens in the brain with mindfulness practice?
    • What mindfulness is, and what it is not
    • Being present through breath
    • Observing where the mind goes

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Difficulties of Living in the Moment - 'Mindfulness' versus 'Mindlessness'

    Ever read a paragraph in a book only to re- start because you realised that you hadn't taken any of it in? In this session you will be introduced to activities that will help increase your 'present moment' awareness.

    • What stops us from living in the 'here and now'?
    • What do we do to ‘numb out’ and disconnect from our body and emotions?
    • How does this affect our performance at work?
    • Benefits of mindfulness
    • Contraindications, side effects and risks

    1:00pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Where is Mindfulness used in Healthcare?

    This session will review the research evidence supporting the use of mindfulness in healthcare. We will explore the different ‘types’ of mindfulness programs and experience more mindfulness practices.

    • Mindfulness programs are not all the same
    • What are mindfulness practices?
    • Why focus our attention and observe experiences such as thoughts, emotions and body sensations?
    • Why the bigger picture and connectedness are important in the delivery of healthcare

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Using Mindfulness to Defuse Issues

    This final session of day one will discuss how the mind and body react to situations and people and learn about some of the triggers that prevent us from paying attention. We will learn what really influences our actions and behaviours and those of others, and how we can reduce our reactivity. We will also discover how our own mind, body and emotions are more connected than previously thought. Knowing this, and practising mindfulness, can often defuse highly emotionally charged situations. Includes:

    • How the mind and body react/respond to situations and people

    4:00pm - Close of Day One of Program

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Mindfulness and Team Building

    Over time, as mindfulness practice becomes a part of our daily lives we may become a role model for others. This can have a profound impact on teamwork, with staff being more present and calm, and less reactive. Our assessment capability and clinical judgement increases, especially in challenging situations.

    • How can mindfulness be used to link teams and increase productivity?
    • Expanding our awareness to include the team
    • Gratitude and compassion

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Using Mindfulness to Prevent and Manage Conflict

    Explore how using mindfulness can create a higher level of service delivery by enabling people to respond more appropriately to difficult and challenging situations, rather than reacting. Being aware of when we are living in a perceived reality ('the story') rather than actual reality will assist us in letting go.

    • Identifying ‘the story’ and how it ‘zaps’ our energy
    • Understanding the elements of conflict
    • Using mindfulness to re-focus ourselves and others in the conflict situation


    A Mindfulness Approach to Assertiveness

    In this session we will learn how to use mindfulness skills for self-regulation when other people are agitated, upset or reactive. We will learn verbal assertiveness skills in order to effectively express our experiences and needs.

    • How can we be present to the emotions of others?
    • Non-verbal assertiveness skills
    • Verbal assertiveness skills

    1:00pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Using Mindfulness as a Therapeutic Tool

    We will review our beliefs about pain and suffering and explore how we can use mindfulness practices with people for whom we provide care. Includes:

    • We all experience pain, but do we need to suffer?
    • Re-thinking pain
    • Mindfulness practices and their use in clinical practice

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    What Have You Learned and What are You Going to Do With it?

    In this final session, consider the practice implications of what you have learned.

    • How the use of mindfulness can result in a more appropriate response to challenging situations
    • How mindfulness improves your ability to manage demands made on you each day in your work
    • How to manage 'emotional moments' such as frustration and anger
      • How can we manage our own emotions?
      • How can we assist patients to deal with the range of emotional responses to their illnesses?
      • How can we assist family members of those who are ill?

    4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


    Jill Beattie

    Jill Beattie

    Dr Jill Beattie is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Victoria. Jill is also a mindfulness-based emotional fitness consultant in her Performance Enhancement Consultancy and provides services for people with stress, anxiety and depression. Jill has a background in nursing, education, management, research and clinical practice. She has delivered mindfulness education to nurses, and mindfulness programs for individuals and groups, including health services staff, pregnant women and partners of defence force personnel. Jill continues to be involved in mindfulness research.

    Mindfulness in Nursing
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    10 hours 15 mins
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    10 hours 15 mins
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    Brisbane City QLD 4000
    Hotel Ibis Brisbane, 27 - 35 Turbot Street
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