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Caroline Pauline Cárdenas, Ph.D.(c), MSN, MA, RN, CBCN, RYT, to Speak at Michigan Nursing Summit

Caroline Pauline Cárdenas, Ph.D.(c), MSN, MA, RN, CBCN, RYT, will speak on Thursday, October 6, at the 2022 Michigan Nursing Summit. Dr. Cárdenas is a doctoral candidate in psychology at Meridian University, where she developed a study researching the experiential process of play and its relationship to restoring compassion among helping professionals experiencing compassion fatigue. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University, a Master of Arts in Psychology from Meridian University, and has served as an oncology and hospice nurse for over 18 years.

Dr. Cárdenas' Master’s Thesis “Hoop Dancing to Prevent and Decrease Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Nurses” has been published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing. She is a play researcher and the creator of The Hula Hoop Girl where she guides helping professionals through the experiential process of play to evoke joy, restore compassion, and cultivate well-being. Caroline has been hula hooping for over 15 years and is featured in James Redford’s documentary film, “PLAYING FOR KEEPS” which examines the value of play through a health lens, where Caroline is highlighted as a high-performing healthcare professional, who prioritizes play as essential to a more joyous life.

Dr. Cárdenas' session will be titled "The Circle of Play: Evoking Joy, Restoring Compassion, and Cultivating Well-Being". For a detailed look at this year's schedule, please visit

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