Nursing Meets The Hula Hoop Girl EPS 190


On episode 190 of RNFM Radio, we engage in an inspiring and fun conversation with Caroline Sanchez, a Masters-level nurse based in San Diego who is also widely known as The Hula Hoop Girl. Caroline is a successful, passionate nurse entrepreneur, and her consistent message of “standing in the center of your joy” is powerfully infectious.

TheHulaHoopGirlRN on the nursing unit

Caroline Sánchez is the creator 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. Caroline’s life work, grounded in women’s health and women’s empowerment, began at the young age of 21, when her beautiful mother Grace, passed away from stage 4 Breast Cancer just three months after her diagnosis. It was at that moment that Caroline began her soul work in the world.


A practicing oncology nurse for over 12 years, she holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN) degree, is a certified Breast Care Nurse, a 200hr Registered Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher, a certified One Hoop One Love Elemental Hoop Dance Teacher, and a certified 5 Elements Ecstatic Dance Facilitator. Caroline’s Masters Thesis “Hoop Dancing to Prevent and Decrease Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Nurses” has been published both in the Journal of Emergency Nursing and the University of California San Diego’s Nursing Journal. Her life’s work has also been celebrated and featured by her alma mater, Walden University in the 2016 article “Full Circle”.

hoop on the beach

Currently, she works with women newly diagnosed with breast cancer providing loving support throughout their journey with cancer. Caroline serves as an effective movement mentor as she guides patients to move through the shock, fear, and grief that accompanies the diagnosis of cancer into new hopes and deeper meaning.

A true advocate for joy, Caroline also encourages and guides healthcare professionals to use joy replenishment through body play, as a powerful self-care intervention to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue, and has offered Hoop Dancing for Self-Care Workshops at several nurses retreats in San Diego, California. She speaks passionately and publicly about the power of play for self-care and for team play for the sake of creating healthier work environments and improved patient outcomes.

Hula Hoop Girl in the nurses station


For the past 15 years, Caroline has provided dedicated, compassionate, comforting, and safe care for her cancer patients throughout their treatments. She has also worked closely with patients naturally transitioning through the death and dying process.

Caroline has been hoop dancing for joy replenishment for over 10 years and teaches hoop dancing classes and ecstatic journey dance classes within her community for women’s empowerment and is a co-facilitator for the Elemental Hoop Dance Teacher Training and Certification Program at The Rhythm Way. Her ecstatic hoop dance flow has been described as mesmerizing, inspiring, whimsical, and Graceful. Her teaching style is authentic, nurturing, playful and empowering. She is a powerful movement guide, facilitating the release of grief and fear, while awakening and nurturing joy. She is a poet, a writer, an Earth advocate, and a women’s advocate.  Her life’s work as an Embodied Movement Meditation Educator and Nurse Educator is soulfully dedicated to guiding women to connect with their body, their unique rhythm, and their movements to dance in the center of their joy, feeling empowered to share their unique soul gifts with the world.



In the course of this freewheeling conversation, Caroline waxes poetic about the importance of self care for nurses, the effects of positive “body play,” and how she leveraged her skills and passions to write her Master’s thesis on the therapeutic effects of hula-hooping for the prevention of nurse burnout and compassion fatigue.


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