Reducing nurses' stress pays off for Kaiser patients
- Reducing nurses' stress pays off for Kaiser patients
Technology has done great things for medicine: Machines can help keep hearts beating and lungs breathing. Electronic medical records help doctors keep track of their patients’ treatment and prevent mistakes. But all that technology needs a lot of monitoring – and that can be frustrating for nurses who want to be tending people, not machines. To combat this problem, healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente is implementing a new program to help nurses relax a bit, and shift their focus back to what’s really important. KALW’S Christopher Connelly has more on what they’re doing.
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CHRIS CONNELLY: Okay, everyone: Close your eyes. Now, take a deep breath.
BANU PERIASAMY: As you breathe in, breathe in loving kindness, equanimity...
It feels good, right?
PERIASAMY: As you breathe out, you breathe out frustration and anger.
Now, picture doing this every day, right when you get to work.
PERIASAMY: Breathe in gratitude and trust.
Do you think you’d do a better job?
PERIASAMY: Breathe out despair or pain. The pain you have been holding on, just let it go.
Okay, you can open your eyes now. The woman you’re listening to is Banu Periasamy. She's the afternoon managing nurse at Kaiser's Richmond Medical Center. She works on the medical surgical floor. And she leads her staff in this centering exercise every day at the beginning of their shift. The whole thing lasts about three minutes.
On the other side of the Richmond Hills, at Kaiser’s Antioch h...
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