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Mindfulness Meditation

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe mindfulness meditation, including the health benefits of mindfulness meditation, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and the techniques and practices for mindfulness meditation.
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Widely accepted, used, and studied within mainstream medicine, mindfulness meditation involves paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment. The health benefits of mindfulness meditation include improvements in dealing with stress, pain, and illness. Anyone can engage in this form of meditation, which places no emphasis on religious or faith practices.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define mindfulness meditation.
  • Describe the seven key factors of the practice of mindfulness meditation.
  • Compare and contrast the seven characteristics of "doing" and "being."
  • Identify mindfulness meditation myths.
  • Describe the health benefits of mindfulness meditation.
  • Examine mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).
  • Describe the use of mindfulness meditation for psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders.
  • Discuss the benefits of mindfulness meditation when combined with goal management training (GMT) for substance abuse treatment.
  • Identify the elements of practicing a basic mindfulness meditation.
  • Practice the raisin and chocolate mindfulness meditations.

Traditionally rooted in Zen and Eastern Buddhist meditation disciplines, mindfulness meditation is not a technique but a way of being and of seeing the nature of self. Universal in practice, this discipline focuses on an awareness of the breath, body, mind, and environment, helping individuals become aware of what is happening in the present moment.

Mindfulness meditation involves an awareness of present-moment sounds and activities without blocking block them out. During this meditative practice, the mind simply flows from one thought to the next, without focusing on one specific thing (Fortney, 2017; Kabat- & Davidson, 2011). The meditator directs awareness to whatever presents itself, which could be an external object or sound or an internal sensation, emotion, or thought. The meditator notices the passing object or internal sensation but does not attach judgment, analysis, or emotional reactions to it. The result is a sense of resting in the present moment. The goal is to observe the observer; that is, to get outside oneself and observe one’s own thought processes (Seaward, 2018).


Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the breath or bodily sensations, nonjudgmentally acknowledging distracting thoughts as they occur, and returning to present moment. The most common form of mindfulness meditation used in healthcare settings is based on the secular mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) approach developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts in the late 1970s. Kabat-Zinn was the first to apply mindfulness meditation in a behavioral healthcare setting for populations with a wide range of chronic pain and stress-related disorders. According to Kabat-Zinn (2016), “Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” (p. 1).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

March 30, 2021

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.