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Mindfulness in Nursing: Decreasing Burnout, Improving Outcomes

Written by: Jennifer Van Der Horn, MHA, BSN, RN

? 1 Contact Hour

Jennifer Van Der Horn, MHA, BSN, RN, has over 16 years of nursing experience, focusing primarily on critical care and emergency room/ trauma. For the past five years, Jennifer has been a nurse leader, her current role being the Clinical Director of Critical Care. In her current role as Director, Jennifer is also tasked with writing the Department of Nursing policies and procedures, enriching her background in evidence-based practice research and writing. She earned her Master’s Degree Health Care Administration from Grand Canyon University, her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Thomas Edison State University, and her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Nursing, from Mercer County Community College. Jennifer is married and has three children, four cats, and two dogs. She is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the New Jersey chapter of the Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the ASPCA. In her spare time, Jennifer loves to read and run.

Course Description

This course is designed for all nurse clinicians who work within the healthcare system. The purpose of this course is to help nursing professionals identify burnout and what steps they can take to becoming a more mindful practitioner. The course will discuss the demands placed on nurses today, the definition of burnout and its implications. The nurse learner will learn the definition of mindfulness and the momentum and proponents of mindfulness. The nurse will learn the mental as well as the physical benefits of becoming a Mindful Nurse and how this improves patient outcomes. Also addressed is the role the Nurse leader plays in identifying the need for mindfulness and the benefits of training.

Successful completion of this course will provide the learner with one (1) contact hour.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

To receive credit for this course you must pass this test with a score of 80% or higher.

No individual in a position to control content for this activity has any relevant financial relationships to declare.

Contact hours will be provided for the completion of this activity from April 5, 2019 until April 5, 2021.

? 1 Contact Hour