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

Rob Abbott is a Medical Student in the Class of 2017. He was inspired to pursue clinical care because he desired to bear witness the breadth of human experience. he strives to live his life as a "reflective human being" working with fellow compassionate healers at U.Va. He desires to promote the values of resiliency and holistic, compassionate care during his clinical training as a medical student. He also has a dedicated self-care practice involving a personal (at home) daily yoga practice,  meditation practice all interspersed with a variety of dynamic reflective micro-practices.

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

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, beginning 9/15)
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

"We live in a time when science is validating what humans have known throughout the ages: that compassion is not a luxury; it is a necessity for our well-being, resilience, and survival." 

                                          --- Roshi Joan Halifax