In the fast-paced world of nursing, it is so very easy to shift into “automatic” mode. The sheer number of tasks and timed interventions leaves little time for a nurse to just stop and think. This unrelenting pace of activity can negatively affect the health of nurses and potentially the patients in their care according to Rushton and colleagues, in their work, “Mindful Ethical Practice and Resilience Academy: Equipping Nurses to Address Ethical Challenges.” The ability of frontline nurses to be resilient in such a complex environment and to handle ethical challenges effectively is the focus of their research.

Mindfulness is defined as the practice of being aware of what is happening in the present moment mentally, emotionally, and physically. The practice of mindfulness can be viewed as a critical self-protection tool. Research shows that being in the moment, or regular mindfulness...

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