Trauma Notebook| Volume 39, ISSUE 2, P200-202, March 2013

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


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


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


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