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

Source: Tim Cunningham, Jonathan Bartels, Courtney Grant, Michael Ralph, Journal of Emergency Nursing, March 2013
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From the abstract:
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.