Who wants to be a Yoga Nurse? Meet the expert: Annette Tersigni

How long have you been a nurse and what areas of nursing did you or do you currently work in? I graduated from nursing late in life at the ripe young age of 51. That translates into thirteen lucky years of practice. I started in the heart transplant unit at a major hospital and transitioned into Cardiac step down progressive care, then into Employee Health and Wellness where I still work on a PRN basis at my local hospital at the beach.

Nursing is a second career for you. What prompted you to go to nursing school?  I believe in destiny. Nursing was a calling. I took a training in Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, in the mid 1990’s with the brilliant Deepak Chopra. At that time I was a full time yoga teacher and Deepak inspired me. I thought “Wow! If I became a nurse as well as being a yoga teacher, I could really make a difference in the quality of people’s lives.”  Once, while I was still in nursing school, teaching a yoga class, one of my students called me the yoga nurse!  That‘s when the Yoga Nurse and the field of Yoga Nursing was officially created.  When I graduated it became crystal clear that there was a natural fit between traditional western based nursing knowledge and the ancient eastern science of yoga. 

What do you love most about nursing? I love making a difference in the quality of people’s lives. Inspiring and uplifting both nurses and their patients to live to their highest potential, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Every day is an opportunity to to relieve stress, anxiety, pain and suffering and create greater health peace and wisdom.

Tell me your biggest pet peeves about nursing.  I was shocked when at the age of 51, I came into the nursing world and was exposed to bullying and nurses eating their young. We cannot change the nursing culture without changing the nursing consciousness. This is the primary goal of the YogaNursing® model of care- to expand consciousness in health care. We do this in gently expanding the mindset of nurses in our trainings.

What throws you off balance and how do you know you are out of balance?  One of my wisdom teachers said to me, “ Your overdoing is your undoing.”I know I’m off when I feel the KNOTS in my solar plexus and I’m not breathing fully because I’m overdoing, or going to fast. Multi-tasking messes me up, as well as sitting too much.

What brings you back into balance?  I lived in an unbalanced pain story of self-pity, self-hatred, guilt and fear for many years. My son was born with extreme autism and cerebral palsy. I was sick and sad. Yoga and personal development trainings transformed my pain body pattern into a body of compassion- from the pain story to a love story.

Deep breathing. Doing a few simple stretches. Getting up from my chair and moving. This I can do at any time while I’m in the workplace or at home. I start every day with a short uplifting reading, gratitude, and dedicating my day to giving sacred service and loving kindness to all whom I am in contact with. 

Tell us about the online training, yoga retreats and certification for nurses interested in teaching yoga. How does your program compare to a traditional yoga teacher-training program?  YogaNursing® is a A New Movement, Theory + Care Plan in Nursing- the union of ancient yoga with the science of modern nursing.  It’s a holistic nursing adjunct therapy for nurses, their patients + workplace wellness. We are now teaching at Nursing Colleges, Hospitals, Nursing Conventions and other wellness venues Internationally. Our programs are approved by ANCC for 10 NCEs.

Our mission and vision is: To create a global army of modern nightingales, Yoga Nurses, to uplift and expand consciousness in health care; relieve SAPS- Stress, Anxiety, Pain and Suffering,and improve quality of life for nurses and their patients worldwide.

We’re different from traditional yoga teacher training in that our trainings are for Nurses, their patients and clients in the workplace BUT getting on the floor is not practical, or getting down on the floor -due to injuries, knee surgery, inflexibility or other challenges is uncomfortable. (NO yoga experience necessary.)

AND for nurses who desire a simple, holistic method to relieve stress, anxiety pain and suffering AND/OR entrepreneurial nurses who yearn to break free from traditional nursing J-O-B frustration.

What advice would you give to second career nurses entering the field of nursing? GO FOR IT! Becoming a nurse late in life was the smartest career move I ever made after becoming a certified yoga teacher. If I hadn’t become a nurse I wouldn’t be part of this interview with you right now. Nursing has an infinite variety of avenues to pursue. If your heart is calling you to nursing: listen to the call.

REMEMBER what ever it is you’re looking for, it’s also looking for you.

To learn more about Annette Tersigni and YogaNursing® visit http://www.yoganurse.com