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2016 In The News


A clown cure - How CCI Assistant Director Tim Cunningham brings humor, humility and all of himself to his patients, his students, and the Compassionate Care Initiative. Read the UVAToday spotlight, here.


Two Minutes written by CCI Assistant Director Tim Cunningham and published in Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.


Comfort care is 'good medicine' for patients with life-limiting conditions - Associate Dean Ken White answers questions about palliative care, nurses' role in it, and the forthcoming Haney Conference on September 17th. Read more in UVA Today or UVA Connect.

Associate Dean Ken White stopped by the local NPR station to talk about best practices in end of life care, the focus of the September 17th Melton D. and Muriel Haney Interprofessional Conference. Online registration for the conference closes on September 7th.


School of Nursing Dean and CCI Founder, Dr. Dorrie Fontaine gave a lecture - "Compassion is the Key to Quality Health Care" - in the Hall of Philosophy at The Chautauqua Institution (NY). Watch it, here

On July 6, 2016, Dr. John Schorling from the UVA Mindfulness Center was on NBC29's "UVA House Call" to talk about mindfulness and its benefits. Watch the full segment, here.

UVA researchers are partnering with the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council to reduce "stress injuries" - UVA Trauma Surgeon and CCI Clinical Ambassador, Dr. Forrest Calland, and SON faculty member, Dr. Richard Westphal, are interviewed by NBC29. Watch the segment, here.


Defying a death-defying culture - Dean Dorrie Fontaine and AACN pres. Clareen Wiencek on a needed-revoluntion in palliative care education, in The Huffington Post.

The ICU's song -- a Richmond Times-Dispatch essay by University of Virginia School of Nursing RN-BSN student, Anne McClure.


Resilience 101 - How Compassionate Care Begins, an interview with School of Nursing Dean and CCI Founder, Dorrie Fontaine. Watch it, here.

A Quality Meal - author Dallas Ducar (CNL '17) reads his powerful, award winning narrative for local NPR station WVTF. 

UVA Medical Student, Thomas Ball, merges medicine and music to connect with patients and bring the human element back to the bedside. Watch the inspiring video, here.


Author Cassie Ahrens (BSN '16) reads her powerful, award winning prose, Bleeding Ink, for local NPR station WVTF.

How a UVA RN's pause transformed an ER - an article in UVA Magazine.

Author Paige Shannon (MSN '17) reads her powerful, award winning prose, To Be Alone With Agnes, for local NPR station WVTF.

The Violet Battle Flag - author Anne McClure (RN-BSN '17) reads her powerful, award winning prose for local NPR station WVTF.

Student. Writer. Nurse. The Compassionate Care Initiative announces the top entries to the 14th Annual Celebration of Reflective and Creative Writing.


Love thyself, love thy patient: Why nursing students gather around art. Read the article, here.


Don't Just Do Something, Stand There: The Power of 'The Pause' -  UVA School of Nursing faculty member Virginia LeBaron interviews CCI Clinical Ambassador Jonathan Bartels for Oncology Nursing News. Read the article, here.

'The pause' allows for moment of silence after patient death - CCI Clinical Ambassador Jonathan Bartels is interviewed for the January 2016 issue of the American College of Physicians Hospitalist. Read the article, here.

On January 6, 2016, Pediatric Nurse Practicioner and CCI Clinical Ambassador Joy Miller was on NBC29's "UVA House Call" to talk about dealing with grief and UVA's new bereavement support group for families that are experiencing pregnancy and infant loss. Watch the full segment here, to learn more about this new program.

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2016 Awards

14th Annual Celebration of Reflective and Creative Writing:

Congratulations to these five, nursing student authors, whose entries were chosen from nearly 20 thoughtful pieces of poetry and prose!

The students were honored at the Annual Catherine Strader McGehee Memorial Lecture (also part of the Medical Center Hour and the 2016 Virginia Festival of the Book) on Wednesday, March 16, where attendees received copies of the top entries. Each student received a monetary award (thanks to the School's donors to the Annual Fund and the Alumni Association) and a small gift to help them continue to give voice to their nursing experiences.

The Compassionate Care Initiative is pleased to announce the winners of our first-ever photo contest!

We received 27 entries for the two prompts: "What does resilience mean to you?" and "How do you stay resilient?". All four of these photos will be displayed on the 2nd floor of McLeod Hall, as part of the Creativity in Healthcare exhibit - congratulations! Thank you to everyone that submitted their work - we appreciate you sharing your creativity with us! You can see more of the photo submissions on our Facebook page.
What does resilience mean to you?   How do you stay resilient?

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1st place: Submitted by Ambereen Mehta
(UVA School of Medicine, Assistant Professor)


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1st place: Submitted by April Livingston (CNL 2017)

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2nd place: Submitted by Danielle Roques (BSN 2017)

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2nd place: Submitted by Ashely Weimorts (DNP student)