The Compassionate Care Initiative responds to an opinion piece published in The Washington Post: It's not okay to make fun of patients! What you say, especially when you're a nurse, really matters. Read the full response, here.

 Resilient NursesThe one-hour NPR special Resilient Nurses, sponsored by the Compassionate Care Initiative, will be broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. on KQED (88.5FM San Francisco, simulcast on 89.3FM Sacramento). KQED is America's most listened-to public radio station!

Produced by award-winning public radio documentary producer David Freudberg, the program takes a no-holds-barred look at what ails American RNs and the stress they work under. It also offers a promising glimpse into the growing number of nurses harnessing their own well-being through resilience.

Not in the Bay Area? The online podcast is available anytime!

Ambassador Spotlight


Two outgoing Student Ambassadors, graduating from the School of Nursing this month, reflect on their involvement in the Compassionate Care Initative. Meghan Talbert (BSN '15) and Crystal Chu (RN-BSN '15) discuss lessons they have learned as Ambassadors and give advice to future students entering into the School of Nursing. 

Read more here.

Nurses Thrive

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Free Weekly Drop-in Sessions

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Tuesdays | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Sam Green

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The Annual Celebration of Reflective and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing collects original writings that illustrate experiences, impressions, and images, from the nursing students' perspective. In its 13th year, the Compassionate Care Initiative is pleased to announce this year's top entries:

"The Walls of Your Room are Jaundiced" by Callie Bateman (BSN 2016)

"The First Death" by Melissa Behl (CNL 2015)

"It's Like Riding a Bike...." by Melissa Morgan (MSN 2017)

"Snow Day: A Nurse's Narrative" by Harriet Vincent (MSN 2017)

Pearl of the week

"Love, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Let life live through you."

                                    ---Hokusai Says by Roger Keyes