Celebration of Reflective and Creative Writing

UVA Nursing Students are asked to share their writing reflections and creativity with us! We seek original writings that illustrate experiences, impressions, and images from the nursing students' perspective.

In addition to publishing opportunities, top entries will be recognized with a monetary award thanks to the generous donors to the Nursing Annual Fund and the Nursing Alumni Association! For information on where to submit your writing by February 15, 2017, and the criteria, click here.


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.

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.


Ambassador Spotlight

As a second year Clinical Nurse Leader student, CCI Student Ambassador Gene Donovan focuses on balance. His undergraduate degree in science and the following years in the world of trade crafts, offered him a chance to consider and experience how there is space for both science and compassion when providing care. In choosing the CNL program, Gene reports that he had became increasingly aware of the choices that make up the tapestry of his life, finding value interacting with others and in-the-moment pointedness. Nursing, after much consideration and a plethora of experiences, was the right combination of in the moment precision and rewarding interaction. Gene remains resilient by being engaged, whether it is hiking, playing music or sports, watching movies or playing board games, Gene finds strength when he immerses himself in the momentary experience. Read more about Gene's story here.

FREE Drop-in Sessions

No previous experience required; open to the public. 
Begins the week of January 30th, unless otherwise noted.

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

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

Social Justice Dialogues | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | McLeod 2010*
Co-sponsored by IDEA - see description on our activities page.
*Begins January 24th.

Mindfulness Meditation | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | McLeod 2025
Led by Sam Green

Meditation | 6:00 - 7:00 a.m. | McLeod 2025

Led by Jonathan Bartels

T'ai Chi | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. | McLeod 2010+
Led by Hiromi Johnson. Co-sponsored by CSC.
+Begins February 16th.

Tuning In: Mindful Music | 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. | McLeod 2025#
Led by Dallas Ducar and Gene Donovan.
#Meets every other week, beginning January 26th. 

Yoga | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | McLeod 2010

Led by Dorothe Bach

Pearl of the month

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things." 

                                          --- Maya Angelou