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Does personal resilience create more efficient clinicians?

By Christine Phelan Kueter
November 21, 2014

With a $7,350 grant from the Boston-based Lown Institute, U.Va. School of Nursing 3rd year student Jane Muir will implement a resilience program for nursing and medical students with the goal of enhancing compassion, clinical abilities and efficiency.

Can learning how to be more attentive and resilient be a route to increasing efficiency, reducing medical redundancy and boosting clinicians’ compassion at the bedside? Third-year University of Virginia nursing student Jane Muir thinks so.

Muir’s hunch – that learning specific ways to be attentive and tune into others will engage specific neural pathways and augment the quality and efficiency of developing clinicians’ care – will soon be put to into action. The Chantilly, Va. native, named one of RightCare Alliance’s 11 “Young Innovator” grantees by the Lown Institute earlier this month, is, along with her mentor, Kluge Professor Susan Bauer-Wu, and U.Va. School of Medicine student partner J. Andy Starr, developing a series of workshops on mindfulness, communication, wisdom, and self-care for 30 nursing and medical students with the hope that insights gained from the training will enable them to be role models for their peers and have a lasting impact on their future clinical practice.

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