Caroline Pauline Cárdenas Published Articles


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Hoop Dancing to Prevent Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Nurses UCSD Nursing Journal 2014

Caroline's Master's thesis "Hoopdancing to Prevent and Decrease Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Nurses" published in the University of California San Diego Journal of Nursing. 


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Hoop Dancing to Prevent Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Nurses Journal of Emergency Nursing 2014

Think for a moment of a life without play. Dr. Stuart Brown, the President of the National Institute for Play, agreed that the opposite of play is not work, its depression stating that play is vital to our survival. 


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Published Poem in the Journal of Palliative Medicine

Caroline's first published poem in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.


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Walden MSN Graduate is Advocating for Nurses

The condition of nursing burnout has emerged as a serious trend within today's healthcare environment. For Caroline Sánchez, Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing program helped her gain the critical skills she needed to help combat burnout and compassion fatigue among oncology nurses.

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Walden University 

Find out how to make qualified and important staffing decisions. 


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Walden University MSN Follow Your Why Campaign

MSN graduate Caroline Sánchez accomplished more than she ever thought possible with Walden University. How will you make an impact in the lives of others?


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Full Circle

Caroline Pauline Cárdenas, MSN, RN, CBCN, RYT200hr ’14 introduced the unexpectedly simple act of play at her hospital to help nurses achieve better self-care.


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Walden University MSN

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 from Walden University.

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Cultivating Joy in Your Nursing Career | The Nurse Keith Show, EPS 120

Speaking of Joy, my dear friend Caroline Cardenas is a master’s-prepared oncology nurse in San Diego who’s actually in the midst of earning her PhD in Somatic Psychology. She’s been a guest on RNFM Radio, and the reason I bring her up is that the heart of her work in the world is teaching people how to experience more joy, especially through what she calls body play.


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Hula-Hoop Dancing for Health and Happiness

Caroline Pauline Cárdenas, RN, MSN, CBCN, RYT 200hr has one question for all of us: “Are you practicing enough play in your life?” Cárdenas, an oncology nurse for more than 10 years, has been passionate about working with cancer patients ever since her mother died from breast cancer at 47. Her close work in women’s health led her to find a passion: hoop dancing.


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The Art of Nursing

Caroline Cárdenas is the creator of The Hula Hoop Girl, an Embodied Movement Meditation Self-Care Body Play Practice that guides women to reconnect to their own natural born rhythm. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education, is a certified Breast Care Nurse, a 200hr Registered Hatha Yoga Teacher, a certified Elemental Hoop Dance Teacher, and a certified 5Elements Ecstatic Dance Facilitator.



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The Hula Hoop Girl is The Hula Hooping Bride!

The Hula Hoop Girl (WebsiteFB & @thehulahoopgirl) of Elemental Hoopdance is a most beautiful hula hoop bride in this stunning photo from her recent wedding. Congratulations Caroline Cárdenas! She lives in La Jolla, California, USA. Photo by Cadencia Photography.


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Caroline Cárdenas Spins Hoop Joy at Sunrise

Caroline Sanchez of The Hula Hoop Girl spins up a stunning morning at In Depth on the Big Island of Hawaii. She lives in La Jolla, California, USA. Photo by Cadencia Photography.


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Movement Meditation with Caroline Cárdenas

Caroline Sanchez, otherwise known as The Hula Hoop Girl, spins up an “embodied movement meditation practice that guides women to reclaim their own natural born rhythm while feeling empowered to self-resource and self-express through the transformational power of play.”


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SuperDIMENSIONS - Introducing Kaleidoscope - LED Polypro Hoop

Caroline spinning it up with Superhooper.org and Hoop Dimensions LED Polypro hoop!


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The Hula Hoop Girl Teaches Hoopdance at Wanderlust in San Diego, California 

Caroline Pauline Cárdenas, MSN, RN, CBCN, RYT200hr is the founder of The Hula Hoop Girl, an Embodied Movement Meditation Practice that guides women to reconnect to their own natural born rhythm while feeling empowered to self-resource and self-express through the transformational power of body play.