Prioritizing clinician wellbeing: the University of Virginia's compassionate care initiative

Bauer-Wu, Susan and Fontaine, Dorrie (2015) Prioritizing clinician wellbeing: the University of Virginia's compassionate care initiative. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 4 5: 16-22. doi:10.7453/gahmj.2015.042


Author Bauer-Wu, Susan
Fontaine, Dorrie
Title Prioritizing clinician wellbeing: the University of Virginia's compassionate care initiative
Journal name Global Advances in Health and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2164-957X
2164-9561
Publication date 2015-09
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.7453/gahmj.2015.042
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 4
Issue 5
Start page 16
End page 22
Total pages 7
Place of publication Boston, MA United States
Publisher Global Advances in Health and Medicine
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Working in healthcare is increasingly challenging for nurses, physicians, and other health professionals. Ongoing high stress takes a toll on clinicians and interferes with the quality of their patient care. Fostering clinician wellbeing needs to be a priority; if not, the human and financial consequences are significant.

Objective: To describe the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing's Compassionate Care Initiative (CCI) as an example of an organizational case study that is engaged in multipronged efforts to cultivate a resilient healthcare workforce committed to high-quality, compassionate, relationship-based care.

Methods: This case report describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of the CCI at UVA. Various elements of the program are reviewed, which include harnessing talents and interests of the larger institution in the establishment of Compassionate Care Ambassadors, outreach to the community, innovative student-specific educational activities, and a national media program.

Conclusion: The UVA CCI is a successful model of an organizational effort to promote clinician wellbeing and resilience. Aspects from this program can be adapted to other organizations that are committed to addressing this critical issue in US healthcare today.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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