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A cornerstone of the UVA SON Strategic Plan is the Healthy Work Environment (HWE) initiative. Formally established in 2011, this initiative identified statements of exactly what a Healthy Work Environment meant to faculty and staff. Our “compiled wisdom” was organized into five areas—Respect & Appreciation, Communication, Workload, Physical Environment, and Interpersonal Relationships—and that became our Working Statement. This dedication to creating and sustaining a healthy community is part of what makes this a unique place to work and learn.
Compassionate Care Initiative: Cultivating resilience and compassion in healthcare through innovative educational and experiential programs. CCI’s vision is to have safe and high-functioning healthcare environments with healthy and happy healthcare professionals, where heart and humanity are valued and embodied. In addition to FREE, public drop-in yoga, meditation, and t’ai chi sessions held in the Maria “Tussi” Kluge Resiliency Room and the CSC/Compassionate Care Classroom, the website offers links to print, guided relaxation practices (including audio), and other resources to promote self-care and resilience (for everyone!).
Resiliency/Meditation space (sponsored by CCI): Fully equipped for yoga and meditation, the Maria “Tussi” Kluge Resiliency Room (McLeod 2025) and the CSC/Compassionate Care Classroom (McLeod 2010), are quiet spaces where students, faculty and staff can take a break in their day to relax, reflect, and/or stretch, when the space is not being used by a class or a drop-in.
Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence Achievement (IDEA): Excellence is at the heart of all the roles that we enact in nursing: excellence in educational preparation, best and evidence-based clinical practice, and innovative and collaborative knowledge generation. A vital part of our excellence is our diversity: in people, thought, and experiences. The School of Nursing has fully embraced the IDEA initiative to promote an inclusive community for all who study and work here. This includes efforts to increase access, promote an inclusive and respectful climate for engagement, and ensure inclusive practices in teaching, research, and clinical practice-- all based on a philosophy of cultural humility.
Wellness/Engagement Lunchtime Sessions: Free 1-hour sessions (registration required, lunch included!) on a variety of topics (including work/life balance, parenting, eldercare) offered to all UVa community members.
Mindfulness Center: Offers a range of general and healthcare-specific mindfulness training.
CHARGE (an NSF Advance Program): The goal of the NSF ADVANCE Program is to increase the participation of women in the academic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and social, behavioral and economic (SBE) science careers. The “Faculty and Candidate Guide” contains many useful UVa and Charlottesville links.
Chronic Care Coaching: UVA-WorkMed offers free one-on-one sessions for employees and their family members to help manage chronic health conditions. Appointments with Beth Frackelton, UVA-WorkMed’s Chronic Care Coach, are available at the School of Nursing.
Education Benefit Program: UVa supports employee career development and offers numerous training and development programs. The University also offers $2,000 per employee per calendar year in tuition benefits for academic and related coursework, including vocational and professional development opportunities.
Elder and Child Back-Up Care: Reduced rate back-up care (up to 10 days) is available to UVa employees through Bright Horizons. Center-based child care is $15/day; home-based child/adult/elder care is $30/day. Registration/reservations required (Username: UVA/ Password: backup8). Info: 1-877-BH-CARES (1-877-242-2737).
Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP): Free, confidential resource to help address a wide range of personal or work concerns (including family matters, eldercare planning, job-related issues).
Hoos Well: A wide variety of health and wellness programming available to employees covered by UVa Health Plan. Resources include exercise and fitness, 24/7 health line, tobacco cessation, nutrition counseling, maternity education. Many offerings are free or reduced fee; some include incentive programs.
Intramural-Recreational Sports: Offers wide variety of fitness programming in UVA facilities and outdoors. Many classes (including tennis, swimming, yoga and pilates) offered free through “Hoos Well” program.
Keeping up with the Joneses: Sign up to receive email alerts about upcoming events and presale information at the John Paul Jones Arena.
Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center: In addition to their many programs promoting gender equality, leadership and global justice, the Women’s Center also offers free and confidential counseling services to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members.
Not on Our Grounds: University wide initiative committed to ending sexual violence in our community. Initiative includes resources, the Green Dot and #HOOSGotYourBack campaigns.
Safe Space Training: Program offered by the LGBTQ Center includes a two-hour training for faculty, staff and students committed to creating a safe space network and being allies to the entire LGBTQ community.
Staff Sentate: Check out the UVA Staff Senate comprehensive resource list.
Sept. 14, 12-1 p.m.
McLeod Hall #5060
The Untold Story: Highlights from the School of Nursing Healthy Work Environment and Gallop Surveys
Engaged or not engaged? Bring your work best friend and find out!
Free lunch provided for the first 25 participants.
November 2, 12-1 p.m.
McLeod Hall #5060
AACN Healthy Work Environment Standards
Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, CNP, ACHPN
President, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Help Build a Healthy Community: The SON Healthy Community initiative continues to develop and grow. A healthy work environment belongs to us all; your input is valued and needed!
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