[MUSIC PLAYING] CAROLINE SANCHEZ: My name is Caroline Sanchez. I'm an oncology nurse, and I work in the breast cancer clinic.
I was 21 years old when my mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer. So I pursued my nursing career to work with the cancer population.
The work that I was born to do was to really be with people when they're experiencing fear. The suffering that I was seeing in each patient started to really wear on me.
Compassion fatigue and burnout are real occupational hazards in health-care institutions. I was noticing how it was depleting nurses of their ability to really offer up the best of them.
Walden University really allowed me to see that I could do something about this. And so I developed hoop dancing to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue among nurses. Hoop dancing is an embodied movement meditation practice. This is really about the necessity of self-care through joy replenishment.
Walden University's philosophy of creating positive social change in our communities is incredibly important for me. I have accomplished so much more than I ever thought I could have with my Masters of Science in Nursing Education.
MIGUEL A. CARDENAS: You cannot be inspired and committed to do something if you're not joyful. That's what she brings. She brings joy.
CAROLINE SANCHEZ: My why is to advocate for nurses to practice self-care.