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A Master’s in Mindfulness

How a Nurse Found Inspiration in a Meditation Space

When Kim Peavler, BSN, RN, is an anesthesiology nurse at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. When she was visiting her mom, who was receiving care at Northwestern Medicine Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Peavler discovered that the hospital had a meditation room.

Then she noticed that Central DuPage Hospital also has renewal rooms on campus for staff members who provide direct patient care. The renewal rooms help staff members pause for a few moments of self-care with rejuvenating resources, such as inspirational cards and full-body massage chairs.

Peavler, a practicing nurse for more than 20 years, is a presence specialist, holistic registered nurse, certified life coach and mindfulness meditation facilitator. When she saw the meditation space at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, she was inspired to pursue a master's degree in mindfulness studies. She will graduate in 2023, but it's the journey, not the destination, that interests her most.

"I am fascinated by the introspective type of work," says Peavler. "I am on a path of how to take the best care of myself and to teach others to do the same, especially when they don't necessarily know how to start." Peavler is a peer leader and coach in the Central DuPage Hospital Resiliency Coach Program, which enables her to use mindfulness in her everyday work.

Peavler has now created a six-week mindfulness program with Black women in mind. Her program incorporates the core foundations of mindfulness, including mindfulness of the mind, body and emotions. She is also working with an Emmy Award-winning camera crew to create a full-length documentary related to her work.