How to Bring Mindfulness to Bedside Nursing

What is Mindfulness?


a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Nursing is all about therapeutic techniques. BUT nurses are all too often overwhelmed with tasks which bring their minds to a state of stress and anxiety. Overwhelm.

Practicing mindfulness immediately helps to calm the anxious mind and make the nurse more present in her own body/mind.

This presence allows for a safer, focused interaction with your patients at the bedside.

How to experience mindfulness at the bedside?

mindfulness in bedside nursing
As a certified yoga teacher and the founder of YogaNursing®, I’ve been teaching thousands of nurses and patients how to experience mindfulness for 20 years.

It all starts with the ABCs. In the YogaNursing Care Plan, we teach:

A- FOR AWARENESS- aware you are aware, you stop, observe what you are experiencing in the moment. i.e. stress, anxiety, fear.
B- FOR BREATHING- take a deep breath, keep bringing your awareness to your breath, the breath is your anchor to save you from drowning in overwhelm.
C- FOR CIRCULATION- A + B = circulation. Your central nervous system begins to relax. Your focus gets clearer, the brain fog clears up. Oxygen begins to circulate. You are better equipped to be with yourself and your patient.

Sounds too simple? TRY IT. It’s called a practice because one has to practice it all the time in the daily life. Soon as the overwhelm demons come into your awareness, NIP them in the bud. Begin the ABCs.


Nurses all over the globe have embraced Holistic Nursing to #1 help themselves to embrace wholeness, mindfulness. Then they are able to share it at the bedside.

OUTCOME: The nurse feels happier, healthier, more at peace.
The patient feels happier, healthier, more at peace.

Win- Win

If this share resonates with you, consider joining the YogaNurse® Academy.
Learn the ABCs for yourself, get an entire duplicatable 3 PART CARE PLAN, plus 10 ANCC credits approved by the American Holistic Nursing Association.

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  1. Thanks, Annette, for such useful and accessible information on an important topic. I never tried Yoga, but I did Tai Chi and other martial arts for years with great benefit. You’ve sold me: it seems time to give Yoga a try, although it’s intimidating for such a stiff (even in my prime and MORE so now) old guy. Thanks.

    1. Greg, everyone for the most part who comes to yoga is STIFF! LOL. YogaNursing is different than other types of yoga in that it is designed to be done in chairs and standing, a practical way for nurses to integrate realistically into their daily life…and where appropriate to share in patient care. Hope you checked out the Academy plus you get 10 big NCEs. Would love to have you join our tribe. xommm

  2. Annette,

    Thanks for the ABC’s! It’s so helpful for people to keep it simple at the beginning of learning mindfulness practice. I will be bringing my awareness, breath and circulation into my yoga class later today!

  3. Best part about this is the simplicity. Breaking it down into these three simple steps makes mindfulness less scary and easier to access. Great post, thanks Annette!

  4. Annette I am so intrigued by yoganursing. I am going to check it out. I first used meditation and breathing exercises from hypnobabies while pregnant with my fifth baby and during the delivery. I continue to use the techniques I learned, because they feel so great. Great audio track. Thanks!

    1. FIVE BABIES!!!!! Bowing to you Carrie 🙂 No doubt you are an expert in many ways with a nurse peri-natatal specialty, and as a mama. Would adore to have you join the YogaNursing movement and add our care plan to your splendid services. We have a CYN (Certified YogaNurse®) who is an NP specializing in Women’s Health in our tribe. Check out her website – AND just looked at your website which offers great info plus just followed you on twitter. xoxo

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