What is Mindful Self-Compassion for Nurses?
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a research-based program effective at raising people’s levels of Self-Compassion.
Nursing requires many things of the practitioner in addition to caring for the medical needs of patients, including emotional resilience, mitigation of stress, and persistent compassion.
MSC is uniquely suited to help nurses excel at emotional regulation, build resilience, protect themselves from anxiety and depression which can lead to burnout and compassion fatigue. Research supports the hypothesis that if you are able to show yourself compassion in a moment of suffering then you will reap these powerful benefits.
Who is it for?
For all types of nurses at any stage in their career.
For nurses who are feeling overwhelmed
For those who experience compassion fatigue or burnout
Learning about self-compassion helps you to take better care of yourself so you can take better care of others.
Cynthia Phelps, PhD
Dr. Phelps is trained in pharmacology with a focus on neuroscience. She is the founder of InnerAlly a company producing digital tools to improve emotional fitness. She is a Texas Certified Recovery Coach and a Trained Teacher of MSC.
How Does MSC Help Nurses?
Mindful Self-Compassion helps nursing professionals deal with the daily challenges and long term impacts of working in a high-touch, high-stress environment. Research has shown that people who raise their levels of self-compassion are less likely to encounter:
- Chronic Anxiety and Stress
- Caregiver Burnout
- Compassion Fatigue
Duarte, J., Pinto-Gouveia, J., & Cruz, B. (2016). Relationships between nurses’ empathy, self-compassion and dimensions of professional quality of life: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 60, 1-11. PDF
Durkin, M., Beaumont, E., Martin, C. J. H., & Carson, J. (2016). A pilot study exploring the relationship between self-compassion, self-judgement, self-kindness, compassion, professional quality of life and wellbeing among UK community nurses. Nurse Education Today, 46, 109-114. PDF
Heffernan, M., Griffin, M., McNulty, S., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2010). Self-compassion and emotional intelligence in nurses. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 16, 366-373
How do I bring this to our Nurses?
2 Day Intensive – This is the full version of the program condensed into 2 full days. It requires a certified instructor and trained teacher of MSC. Costs cover student handouts and materials. Travel is an additional cost. Up to 30 nurses can participate. Cost: $7,850 for two days.
8 week course – This is the full version of the program over 8 weeks (or 4 weeks/meeting twice a week for 2.5 hours). It requires a trained teacher of MSC. Costs cover student handouts and materials. Travel is an additional cost. Up to 20 nurses can participate. Cost: $4,200 for 4-8 weeks.
One Day Workshop – This workshop is custom built from the most relevant parts of the MSC program. Costs cover student handouts and materials. Travel is an additional cost. Up to 50 nurses can participate. Cost: $2,300 for one 8 hour day.
Half Day Workshop – This workshop serves as a primer to Self-Compassion, and an excellent starting point for self study. Costs cover student handouts and materials. Travel is an additional cost. Up to 50 nurses can participate. Cost: $1,700 for 4 hours.
Cynthia Phelps, Phd