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Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN

Mindfulness in Action: Sharing First-hand Experience from the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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What You'll Learn

  • Hear one nurse’s personal experience of how mindfulness and self-compassion practices helped her stay grounded and resilient while serving in the ER of one of the hardest hit hospitals during the height of the covid-19 pandemic

  • Learn her approach to metabolizing grief and self regulating after each shift in order to reconnect with strength and purpose

  • Discover how she gained perspective on the “impossible” moral dilemmas she and her colleagues faced

About Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN

Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, NC, is an emergency nurse, coach, and meditation guide. She is the Founder of The Whole Practitioner, a coaching business designed to help medical practitioners access and transmute their underlying causes of stress. In April - May, 2020, she traveled to NY to support a Brooklyn hospital in need during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis. On the frontlines, she saw the toll that the virus ravaged on her patients' physiology, her co-workers' mental health, and on the social structures of the city itself. Previously she has worked in emergency, oncology, hospice, and Indigenous medicine, and on death row. She is trained in somatic and wilderness therapy, and is a certified auricular acupuncture specialist. She aspires to create environments where medical practitioners and students discover how their personality, values, and hidden gifts can align with their work.

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  1. Marie Mc Guigan October 5, 2020 at 4:39 am

    I bow to you in love and gratitude.
    I am certain that love and compassion in your eyes at that traumatic time helped many staff and patients. I work on a telephone helpline for nurses in the UK. The levels of PTSD and the glaring inequities that where always there now need to faced head on and addressed by us all.

  2. Luc Henzl October 5, 2020 at 12:54 am

    Thank you, I am thankful for the your strength stay with it and to share it

  3. Yubaraj Adhikari October 4, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Hats off – your courage, persistence and dedicated work for your won survival and helping is simply awesome.
    We hope, the expressions and wishes you have made at the end of your presentation will be heard and a change is in place.
    My best regards to you.

  4. Bernadete lopes October 4, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Listening to you and looking at your face while talking and expressing your feelings made me think how profound , intense and painful It was to deal with all these unexpected situations without being trained for it in college and still be able to overcome all the fear and burn out with dignity and share it with us. Thank you so much

  5. Cara October 4, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a difficult experience.

  6. Jacqui Brooks October 4, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you for your openness, honesty and vulnerability in sharing your experiences and coping strategies.
    Living in a little town in Wales, UK I was aware from the news of those first few months of the pandemic in New York but I am so far removed from any experience remotely similar. I was horrified and deeply saddened back then and I am saddened now for you and your colleagues, that in this day and age you had to experience something like a MASH.

    I do hope that your story gets heard and acted upon by those in authority so that they do bring mindfulness courses into medicine, into other emergency services around the. globe to reduce the impact of trauma and future PTSD.

    Thank you, stay well. Namaste

  7. Patricia Dobkin October 4, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Rheanna, you are the light we need during these dark times.
    Spelling out, with total honesty, how you coped with combat medicine in detail will help me when I offer wellness programs to MDs and other health care workers when they ask me, What can we do?
    Thank you and please stay safe in the midst of danger.

  8. Clare Brockett October 4, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Rheanna, I am profoundly moved by your articulate, grounded, depth of self reflection. Having just listened back to back, to your interview with Frank Ostaseski and now your own reflection on working in Brooklyn, I am grateful for how you inhabit this earth and life. Your warmth, your thirst for systemic change, your expression of your values through your compassionate daily actions are palpable. Thank you for paying attention, for your practice, for your love.

  9. Johanna October 4, 2020 at 7:00 am

    I am so grateful to people like you who worked in the frontline with this hard work. Thank you for sharing, it touched my heart.

  10. Mayu Gonzalez October 4, 2020 at 12:35 am

    Listening to your experience in the midst of the place that the pandemic has hit the hardest, gave me an ample vision of what determination, responsibility,, caring, compassion, wisdom, and love means for you. May you heal your memories knowing the love you gave those who left this earth..
    Thank you so much for sharing. A great way of learning from your experience, As you go on your May you find Blessings of Love wherever you go.

  11. CG October 4, 2020 at 12:04 am

    This was amazing – to hear from a front line provider who was in NYC and somehow stayed grounded and aware and present. Thank you for sharing this perspective .

  12. Jean Ellis-Sankari October 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you. So compelling.

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