In the mix: Program helps reduce stress in nurses and patients

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, August 2, 2010

Nurses are well aware of the stress that comes with the job. Taking care of numerous patients at varying levels of sickness, and dealing with many competing priorities, is enough to make anyone stressed out. But a new computer program could aid in relaxation, according to KABC-TV Los Angeles. Nurses and patients can lower their blood pressure, heart rate, and experience a decrease in stress using the BREATHE technique.

The BREATHE technique was developed by John M. Kennedy, medical director of preventative cardiology at Marina del Rey Hospital in California. It’s a 15-minute computer program that helps ease the stress of nurses and patients by combining deep breathing with guided imagery.

To see how the program works, view the video demonstration here.

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