In this brief video, Sonia Jones interviews Dorrie Fontaine, the Dean of the School of Nursing at University of Virginia, and Susan Bauer-Wu, Ph.D., R.N., the director of the Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia, on the importance of treating patients with compassionate care. Bauer-Wu and Fontaine explain their efforts to instill resilience in physicians, nurses, and all other medical staff. Through the emphasis of mindful practices and focusing on the present moment, fewer medical errors are made and patients feel more comfortable and satisfied with their quality of medical care. To learn more about compassionate care, pick up a copy of Susan’s fascinating book, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness Through Mindfulness, Compassion, and Connectedness.
By Sonia Jones