Online Resources

Interested in learning more about compassionate care? New to mindfulness? Check out these online resources that are dedicated to contemplation and compassion.

Articles

  • How empathy can promote connectedness and give pain meaning, especially during end-of-life experiences. Read more here.

  • Read about preventing burnouts for professionals and how we all can practice self-care in the healthcare industry here.
  • Compassionate nursing care has been linked to higher HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) scores. Read more about it here!

  • How are nurses handling their personal stress and staying resilient? David Freudberg, host of the Public Radio Series "Humankind" discusses it here. You can also listen to the full podcast here.

  • Want to prevent thousands of deaths a year? Make doctors and nurses meditate. Read more about it here.

  • An article on the compassionate mind, why it is health, and how it spreads. Read more about it here.

  • Why your brain needs more downtime. Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity. Read more about it here.

  • Morelli, S. A., & Lieberman, M. D. (2013). The role of automaticity and attention in neural processes underlying empathy for happiness, sadness, and anxiety. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience7. Read the article here

  • An article on the architecture of resilience by Dorrie K. Fontaine, Dean of the School of Nursing, Susan Bauer-Wu, the Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care and director of the Compassionate Care Initiative and David Germano, the director of U.Va.'s Tibet Center and SHANTI, and professor of religious studies. Read the article here.

  • An article from the New York Times on when caregivers need healing. Read the article here.

  • One MD's story on why she left medicine due to burnout. Read about the experience here.

  • An article from the New York Times on the science of 'paying it forward.' Read the article here.

  • Can mindfulness help stop health worker burnout? Two new studies investigate how mindfulness can reduce depression and exhaustion among doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals—and get mixed results. Read more about it here.

  • An article on providing workplace renewal opportunities for nurses, how it can be done, and what we should look to in the future. Read more about it here.

  • How are hospitals reducing employee stress and burnout? They are coming up with unique and creative ways to fight both -- and many of these tactics are relatively cost-effective. Read more here.

  • Does personal resilience create more efficient clinicians? Read about it here and what the U.Va. School of Nursing student Jane Muir is doing about it. Read more here.

  • As demands on health care providers increase, compassion becomes more difficult to sustain. But a new training holds the promise of helping them meet those challenges. Read more about sustaining compassion in health care here.

  • An article by Atul Gawande on the best possible day and end of life decisions. Read the article here.

  • Conversations about a good death. An article on how Americans are currently dying and what Dean Dorrie K. Fontaine and Professor Susan Bauer-Wu have to say about it. Read more here.

  • Articles in the New York Times by Theresa Brown on nursing, health care, and end of life. Read more here.

  • UPMC nurses undergo mindfulness training to cope with job pressures. Read all about it here.

  • Nursing students at USF are using chaos theory and reflection strategies to cope with stress and increase effectiveness. Read about the program here.

  • Meet the cancer patient in Room 52: His name is Joseph, but call him Joe. Read about the respect and dignity these clinicians offer in their care for Joe here.

Media

  • "In The Moment" videos about mindfulness, compassion and presence - a RWJF project by Teri Pipe at Arizona State University.
  • On March 16, 2016, Theresa Brown, RN gave a talk to an auditorium at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. The hall was overflowing with members of the University and community for the The Catherine Strader McGehee Memorial Lecture entitled: Why I Write: How Reflection and Self-Expression Make Me a Better Caregiver. Theresa's talk can be seen here.

  • On October 28, 2015, Marcus Engel spoke to a packed auditorium - full of students, faculty, and clinicians - at the University of Virginia School of Nursing for the annual Zula Mae Baber Bice Memorial Lecture. His talk titled The Other Side of the Stethoscope, can be viewed in its entirety here
  • The Need for Resiliency in Healthcare - The Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia explores a strategy for resilience in high-stress workplace environments. Explore more here.
  • The Effects of Compassionate Care on Patients - Dean Dorrie Fontaine and Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu, two pioneers in the world of healthcare, explain how mindful and compassionate practices affect all aspects of patient care. Learn about compassionate care here.
  • The Importance of Contemplative Practice in End-of-life Care - Watch Sonia Jones' interview with Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu about how a mindfulness practice can change a patient's outlook on a life-limiting illness and make their final days less stressful and more meaningful. Delve deeper here.
  • Creating a Healthy Work Environment Through Compassionate Care - Dean Fontaine talks to the Society of Critical Care Medicine about burnout, moral distress, and solutions to navigating the complex health care work environments through resiliency and compassionate care. Listen to the podcast or watch Dean Fontaine's full presentation from their 2015 SCCM Congress.
  • Dr. Bernard Lown -- renowned cardiologist, Nobel peace prize recipient, and founder of the Lown Institute -- talks about “The Lost Art of Healing”. A radio interview by David Freudberg of Humanmedia.org. Click here to listen.

  • Listen to the the Search for Well-Being from Humanmedia.org wherein David Freudberg examines a fascinating new model of health care: Integrative Medicine. Click here to listen.

  • James D. Coan -- Lead author of The Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment  [Oxford University Press, 2007].  Director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory as well as Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia -- talks about The Brain on Friends. A radio interview by WMRA. Click here to listen.

  • Robert McClure -- The mental health leader explores how mindfulness can help sustain compassion in health care workers. Click here to watch the video.

  • Guided audio files to practice mindfulness based stress reduction. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness has prepared a number of practices that are available here in MP3 format. Click here to listen.

  • Videos of Brother David Stendl-Rast on love, trust, conneciton, gratitude, and more. Watch the videos here.

  • Life Vest Kindness Boomerang Video. Watch the video here.

  • A video and article on cultivating happiness at work. What happens when you make "love" part of your job description for five days? Check it out here.

  • Biochemist turned Buddhist monk, Mattheiu Ricard discussed what happiness is and how we all can get some in the habits of happiness. Watch the TED Talk here.

  • What happens when nurses shatter the stereotype? Watch a video by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, here.

  • Sharon Salzberg takes us to Grand Central Station in the heart of NYC for the first #StreetLovingkindness video. Explore a new way to interact with the world around you by expanding your circle of kindness here.

Websites

  • The Compassionate Collaborative -- A website created by CNL Nursing Student, Dallas Ducar and Medical Student, Rob Abbott. This website was created in order to facilitate such coordination amongst all compassionate and mindful initatives across the University of Virginia. 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.
  • The Pause -- CCI Clinical Ambassador, Jonathan Bartels created this website as a portal to help facilitate education, research, and offer links to The Medical Pause. The revolution was started several years ago in response to the stressors that accompany death as healthcare providers - it is simple and not difficult. It is not meant to cure the uneasiness that accompanies death; it is just one tool of many to help support resiliency.

  • Contemplative Life -- A non-profit that serves as a hub for connecting people and communities with transformative practices that can be applied to an individual's personal, spiritual, professional, and social life. Contemplative Life believes contemplative experience is fundamental to the human condition and that all of the "great traditions" share a contemplative dimension. So, no matter your background, Contemplative Life wants to connect you to a contemplative practice that speaks to you.


  • Learn How To Meditate | Headspace -- If you're looking to find out more about mindfulness then check out these meditation for beginners tips, they will help you relax your mind, gain some focus and get some headspace.

  • Mindfulness Research Guide -- A group founded to support empircal and conceptual efforts to establish an evidence based for the process, practice, and construct of mindfulness

  • Humankindness -- An organization which stresses a way of life based upon three common principles taught by the great sages of all religions: Simple living, a dedication to service, and a commitment to personal spiritual practice.

  • Stop Bullying Tool Kit -- Resources to empower healthcare leaders to identify, intervene, and prevent workplace bullying.

  • Gratefulness.org --  A global organization offering online and community-based educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility.
  • I'm Here Movement -- A group that is the culture of care through the use of two little words. It is a global effort to help health care professionals embrace the power they have to comfort patients by simply being present.
  • Join “Nurses Thrive!” -- An online community dedicated to promoting nurses’ resiliency that is filled with practical and inspirational tips for self-care strategies and for fostering positive professional environments so nurses can thrive every day.