Building Resiliency

I am a registered nurse who has worked in one of the USA’s best medical centers since 1987. During these years I have had the great fortune to help create a unique hospital position: Listening to patients and teaching simple, practical, scientifically valid, mind/body approaches for healing and stress management.

To help more people and to share my passion for improving quality of life and physical functioning: I have recorded the CD Building Resiliency. Of course you don’t have to be sick in the hospital to benefit from this wonderful recording. The insight, wisdom, and science shared in “Building Resiliency” can support almost anyone to cope with changes in life and help recover from stressful events.

Daily I am complimented about the soothing quality of my speaking voice. I am often told just hearing my voice is relaxing. On this CD are jewels of stress management and a valuable guided 3 step meditation. Click here to learn more or to order this information

Jon Seskevich RN, BSN, BA, CHTP is a certified stress management instructor and healing touch practitioner. This popular speaker and winner of a Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina, Alumnus of the Year and Friends of Nursing awards, presents the science and art of healing: improving physical functioning and quality of life.

These insights come from a career of study, clinical practice and research in stress management. His hospital work has been assisting people to cope with major life changes. These include illness, loss and “waiting and not knowing.” This recording is shared from his heart in his well-loved, soothing, relaxing voice.  Read more

Jon Seskevich RN,BSN,BA,CHTPIf you, or someone you love is looking for ways to cope with the stress of life changes or illness this web site offers many resources to help you reduce stress.

These tools and resources will also be of interest to professional health care providers as a supplement to traditional medical practices. Designed by Jon Seskevich, a nurse specialist in North Carolina, this valuable, free written information can help you increase your knowledge and skills in stress and life change management.
More About Jon

Jon Seskevich: His colleagues see the impact he has on patients

These free guidebooks are available to access online or print out as .pdf files. 

A Guide to Coping With Health Problems and Stress  information that can help you increase your knowledge and skills in stress and pain management

A Guide to Non-pharmacological Pain Management  

This little guy knows how to reduce stress!



Feedback from a presentation...

I just wanted to tell you my story - I had gotten into having insomnia the few days right before Jon's presentation - this is rare for me but I was feeling very stressed and it was awful! I tried his techniques every day since and I haven't had insomnia since (knock on wood) and I feel overall much better and less stressed! I think that he is an angel! There are so few times in life where a few minutes of someone's time can really change your life - but he did! I also taught my daughter the technique for when she has "rest time" at kindergarten this fall and then it was so cute to see her teach my husband!

I loved him.

Feedback from a hospital consultation...
Hey Jon,

One of my Yoga students told me that she was blessed by a very gentle and compassionate RN at Duke during her unexpected and serious heart surgery. She said you came just at the right time to help her handle her fear over her upcoming surgery. She told the class about you and I excitedly said - I know him! Thanks for sharing your light.

Feedback from the Sleep CDs...
They The CD's have arrived. Thank you. The sleep CD works great. I haven't heard the end of it yet because I keep falling asleep!
Published Articles: (pdf format)

Brief Meditation Training Can Improve Perceived Stress and Negative Mood  by James D. Lane, PhD; Jon Seskevich, RN, BSN, BA; Carl F. Piper, DrPH
Brief Meditation Training Can Improve Perceived Stress and Negative Mood  by James D. Lane, PhD; Jon Seskevich, RN, BSN, BA; Carl F. Piper, DrPH
from Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine;
Jan/Feb 2007; 13, 1; Research Library, pg. 38

Relaxation Technique to Ease Dyspnea: A Tool for Oncology Nurses Relaxation Technique to Ease Dyspnea: A Tool for Oncology Nurses
by Cathy Glennon, RN, MHS, BC, CNA, OCN®, and Jon Seskevich, RN, BSN, BA, CHTP from Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing • Volume 12, Number 2 • Published, Aug. 2008; Supportive Care

Helping Patients with Heart Failure Manage Stress
Helping Patients with Heart Failure Manage Stress
by Jon Seskevich, RN, CHTP, BSN; Helen Gabert, RN, CS, MPN; Ann Charles, ARRT, MR; and Michael S. Cuffe, MD


Beneficial Effects of Noetic Therapies on Mood Before Percutaneous Intervention for Unstable Coronary SyndromesBeneficial Effects of Noetic Therapies on Mood Before Percutaneous Intervention for Unstable Coronary Syndromes
by Jon Seskevich, RN, BSN, BA, CHTP; Suzanne W. Crater, RN, MSN, ANP-C; James D. Lane, PhD; and Mitchell W. Krucoff, MD from Nursing Research March/April 2004 Vol 53, No 2
Integrative noetic therapies as adjuncts to percutaneous intervention during unstableIntegrative noetic therapies as adjuncts to percutaneous intervention during unstable
coronary syndromes: Monitoring and Actualization of Noetic Training (MANTRA) feasibility pilot

Mitchell W. Krucoff, MD; Suzanne W. Crater, RN, ANP-C; Cindy L. Green, PhD; Arthur C. Maas, MD; Jon E. Seskevich, RN; James D. Lane, PhD; Karen A. Loeffler;, Kenneth Morris, MD; Thomas M. Bashore, MD; and Harold G. Koenig, MD from American Heart Journal November 2001

Also available on this site are products you can buy that will guide you through learning these stress and pain management skills. With this being such a time of high stress I am slashing the prices on all Stress Management materials. These include:
  The Stress Management CDStress Management CD has many valuable and effective ways to lower stress including relaxation breathing instruction and guided imagery exercises.  Order now! Now $10.00!
Guided Relaxation with Touch TherapyAn instructional videotape teaching guided relaxation with touch therapy and stress management, designed for professional care providers or anyone who wants to have a positive influence on the health of his or her family and friends. Order now! Now $5.00!

Audio Tape Programs - Stress Management Education & Self-Relaxation SkillsAudiotape programs providing instruction in simple and effective relaxation and stress management skills to combat the wear and tear of stress in daily life. Order now!
Now 2 for $5.00!


The Duke Medical Center Bookstore will take credit card or mail orders for the Sleep CD and the Stress Management CD (US only). Contact them at 106 Facilities Center, Durham, NC 27710 or call 919/684-2717.

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