3rd Melton D. and Muriel Haney Interprofessional Conference: Honoring Differences at the End of Life

This conference will gather health professionals, caregivers, and students with a shared interest in relieving suffering and providing compassionate care, recognizing the diverse needs of individuals and families at the end of life.

Saturday, September 17
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall

Registration Fee: $75.00 | Contact hours are available!
The online registration deadline is September 7th.

For the full agenda and to register, visit the UVA CME Office website.

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

Welcome to Tim Cunningham - new School of Nursing Faculty and Assistant Director of the Compassionate Care Initiative!

Tim Cunningham
, RN, DrPH witnessed resilience through laughter and playfulness in a least expected place—in an Ebola treatment ward in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  The fact that children, many of whom did not survive the worst Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, maintained the capacity to smile, to play and spend time together despite their illness was beyond remarkable.  He is interested in understanding how we access laughter in some of the most challenging situations, how resilience is achievable and how we can catalyze resilience among those we care for, and ourselves. 

Cunningham graduated from the Clinical Nurse Leader program at UVA in 2009.  Prior to that he worked as an actor with various regional theatres and also as an arts educator at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA.  He studied clown, movement and mask at the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA, which led to his involvement with the international non-profit Clowns Without Borders.  Since 2003 he has performed clown work in refugee camps, war zones and other regions of conflict.  He also served as Executive Director of Clowns Without Borders-USA for five years prior to completing his doctorate in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (2016).  At Columbia he studied Narrative Medicine and other innovative methods by which to measure suffering, resilience and the impacts of psychosocial interventions among people suffering from stress. 

Having worked in more than 20 countries as a clown or nurse, he has meet extraordinary people from many corners of this planet.  He is reminded that in light of all of our differences, we still laugh in the same language.  

Among other things, Tim will be working with the Ambassador groups as part of his responsibilites as Assistant Director.

FREE Drop-in Sessions

The fall schedule, below, will begin on September 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted.
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

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

Mindful Music
Fridays (every other week, beginning 9/2)
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2010
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.


Introducing the new Compassionate Collaboration. Founded by Nursing and Medical Students, we passionately believe that true goodness is best grown when we work together, and we extend an invitation to you to join this dynamic collaboration in order connect and coordinate the efforts of so many at U.Va.. This stands as a centralized forum: a dedicated webpage where all collaborators be able to feature their work to the greater community, (via dedicated pages for research, initiatives, clubs, organizations, and clinical practices) and connect with like-minded individuals.

Pearl of the month

"Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. "

                                          --- Randy Pausch