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Mindfulness and Medical Review: A Grassroots Approach to Improving Work/Life Balance and Nursing Retention in a Level I Trauma Center Emergency Department

Published:October 18, 2010DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jen.2010.09.004
      High nursing attrition at a level I trauma center, coupled with a profound national nursing shortage and confounded by an inaccessible and failing primary health system in the United States, have created a looming yet surmountable challenge to the nursing staff at the University of Virginia (UVA) emergency department. The challenge of retaining quality nurses in a stressful workplace is common in teaching institutions across the United States. Three staff nurses in the UVA emergency department who recognized a near critical shortage of emergency nurses at UVA have developed a unique intervention with a “grassroots” approach to face these challenges.
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      Biography

      Tim Cunningham, Member, Jefferson Chapter, is Clinician II, Emergency Department, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA.

      Biography

      Jonathan Bartels is Clinician III, Emergency Department, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA.

      Biography

      Courtney Grant is Clinician II, Emergency Department, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA.

      Biography

      Michael Ralph is Clinician IV, Emergency Department, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA.