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Nursing student aims to improve care by boosting resilience

March 12, 2015 News

A third-year nursing student at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, will test her idea that teaching future physicians and nurses to be more attentive and resilient will increase efficiency, reduce redundancy and boost compassion at the bedside, according to a news release.

Student Jane Muir is working with her mentor, Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, Tussi and John Kluge Professor, and U.Va. School of Medicine student partner J. Andy Starr, to develop a series of workshops covering mindfulness, communication, wisdom and self-care for 30 nursing and medical students. They hope the insights participants gain from the training will help them be peer role models and have a lasting effect on their clinical practices.

The program will test Muir’s theory that learning specific ways to be attentive and tune into others will engage certain neural pathways and augment the quality and efficiency of developing clinicians’ care.

“Overuse, including redundant and unnecessary tests, procedures and medications, in the clinical setting often stems from a lack of being fully attentive, due to competing demands, our fast-paced, high-tech culture, personal and professional stress, limited time with patients and heavy workloads,” Muir said in the release. “By introducing clinicians early on to self-reflection and mind-body practices, we think they’ll be more tuned in, less easy to distract, less emotionally reactive and stressed, and more present — and ultimately less inclined to overuse things like medication and tests and able perhaps to get to the root of problems determined by more subtle cues.”

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