Resilient Nurses


Last year, the debut of Humankind’s Resilient Nurses program – heard on more than 100 public radio stations across the U.S. – ignited a national discussion about nursing, stress, and coping. Now, segments 3 and 4 in the series chronicle how nurses around the country are getting better at paying attention, keeping their reservoir of empathy full, and their compassion fully charged. And their stories are uplifting.
The Compassionate Care Initiative is proud to be sponsors of this important series. We hope you’ll listen to the latest installments online or tune in to your local NPR station over the coming weeks.


Got resilience? Why teaching clinicians to be mindful and resilient makes for more compassionate, safer, higher quality care -- and how the Compassionate Care Initiative does it. Watch our new video to learn more.

Ambassador Spotlight

As a Registered Dietician Elaine McCall works to promote compassion and stands against prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. She believes that a wide range of experiences are essential to fostering a more compassionate and open mind. As one of our Clinical Ambassadors, she is specifically interested in starting a program in the Kidney Center and learning what other departments are doing to foster compassionate care. She finds joy in helping patients navigate difficult dietary choices and tries to foster greater well-being through healthy eating. She takes care of herself by being intentional and very serious about sleep hygeine so that she can have the energy to face each day with authenticity. Learn more about Elaine, here.

FREE Drop-in Sessions

No previous experience required; open to the public.

Mondays | 12:15-12:45 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Michael Swanberg or Julie Connelly

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

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

Mondays | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Led by Dorothe Bach

Thursdays | 12:00-12:50 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Led by Mala Cunningham or Bess McHugh

Intermediate-level T'ai Chi
Thursdays | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
Led by Hiromi Johnson

Tuning In: Mindful Music
Thursdays (every other week; next one is 10/27)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Gene Donovan and Dallas Ducar (UVA Nursing Students)
Please bring your own instrument!

For other drop-in programs offered by UVA's Contemplative Sciences Center, UVA Medical Center and other groups, visit our activities page.

Pearl of the month

"What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space.... So building fires requires attention to the spaces in between, as much as to the wood." 

                                          --- An excert from Fire by Judy Brown