’This is a book aimed specifically at nurses but applicable across the breadth of different roles within nursing’
Title: Using the Power of Mindfulness and Compassion to Help You Thrive in Your Work
Author: Carmel Sheridan
Publisher: Rivertime Press
Reviewer: Lynne Partington, project coordinator and specialist advisor, The End of Life Partnership, Cheshire
What was it like?
Mindfulness, or the state of being aware on the present moment, is becoming more widely recognised and utilised amongst health professionals. It is reported to increase well-being and the ability to be more compassionate. Given today’s climate and increase in pressure for nurses, it makes this book feel like a welcome addition.
It is a well-written book with a good structure. It comprises of four main sections over 21 chapters: Embracing Mindfulness, Mindfulness and the Body, The Essence of Mindfulness and Mindfulness for Better Performance. There is a good flow from section to section although some sections felt a little repetitive, however, that may be more about re-confirming key principles throughout?
What were the highlights?
The highlights were both its applicability and practicality. Within this book, mindfulness is applied specifically to nursing practice, so the plentiful examples include dealing with handovers, conversations with patients and returning to work after a back injury amongst others and demonstrate how mindfulness can be applied to many situations.
The practicality comes from the inclusion of many exercises. As well as reflective type exercises, there are also breathing and physical movement exercises. The book also makes reference to current research and includes evidence based tools for self-assessment.
Strengths and weaknesses?
The book is easy to read. It is broken into small sections, which are interspersed with thinking points, tables, cartoons and figures to keep the readers’ interest.
The book does originate from the USA, so some of the language, terminology and examples do not always feel apt for a UK based audience, although these are not insurmountable.
Who should read it?
This is a book aimed specifically at nurses but applicable across the breadth of different roles within nursing (and likely, other health professionals). Examples are included from many different aspects of nursing. The practice of mindfulness may not be for everyone, but there is probably something that most of us can pick up on to get us through busy days in work and at home.
the mindful nurse