Resilient Nurses The Compassionate Care Initiative has sponsored a new Public Radio documentary series – Resilient Nurses, now available online– which chronicles what ails the nation’s RNs and what might heal their broken hearts. We hope the program will inspire nurses, nursing professors, nursing students and others in healthcare to begin their own resilient practices.

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)

The four student authors were honored at the 2nd Melton D. & Muriel Haney Interprofessional Conference Compassionate Care at the End of Life, where conference participants received copies of the top entries. Each student also received a monetary award (thanks to the School's donors to the Annual Fund and the Alumni Association) and a small gift, as well as guidance in getting their work published.

Ambassador Spotlight


Meet Tim Rose, our Compassionate Care Clinical Ambassador this month. Tim is a Hematology and Oncology RN who works in the Stem Cell Transplant Unit and occasionally on 8 West in Bariatric, Geriatric, and Palliative Care. Tim strives to provide whole-hearted compassionate care while continuing to challenge himself and work with new people daily. He is motivated to seek to bring more ease, more joy, and more resilience to his own life and the lives of his colleagues. He is the Chair of the Caring Hands committee and is in the process of implementing Compassionate Care Restorative Tea Time in 8 West and the Stem Cell Transplant Unit. He stays resilient by hiking, camping, and by playing with his children Bodhi and Sophia. Through his own resiliency practices he continually discovers that laughter is truly the best medicine.

Read more here.

Nurses Thrive

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Free Weekly Drop-in Sessions

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Mindful Lunch
 | 12:15-12:45 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Co-led by Susan Bauer-Wu, Anna DeLong & Jane Muir

 | 8:00-9:00 a.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Led by Esther Lozano

Tuesdays | 8:00–8:50 a.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Led by Tamara Fischer-White

Fridays | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Led by Esther Lozano

 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
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Wednesdays | 6:00–7:00 a.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Jonathan Bartels

Thursdays | 5:30–6:15 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Co-led by Susan Bauer-Wu, Julie Connelly & Michael Swanberg

T'ai Chi
| 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Led by Hiromi Johnson

Rx3: Restorative Practices for Health Professionals and Students
Monthly on Tuesdays (Feb. 17, March 17, April 21)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Co-led by Susan Bauer-Wu, Lauren Catlett & Linda Kobert


Pearl of the week

"To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour,..."

                                                       ---William Blake