University of Virginia School of Nursing
Hassmiller, a nurse executive at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will share her own story of compassion amid loss as the 2018 McGehee Lecturer.

What happens when you get a phone call that your best friend and life partner is in the ICU?

Please join us April 17 to hear Dr. Sue Hassmiller's tale of compassion amid tragedy and loss. Hassmiller will share how her husband’s last days in the intensive care unit — he’d suffered a tragic accident while on a bicycle — forever altered her view of medical care. She came away from the experience convinced that medical professionals, hospital leaders, and the U.S. health system as a whole need to provide more compassion and better engage patients and their families. Dr. Hassmiller will argue that quality and safety will improve when the medical establishment truly prioritizes patient and family engagement.

Compassion in Care: the Rule, not the Exception
McLeod Auditorium

April 17, 12-2 PM

In her work, Hassmiller -- who also serves as co-director of the RJWF Future of Nursing Scholars Program – shapes and leads the foundation’s nursing strategies to improve the quality of care offered in the US, ensuring that Americans can live healthy lives supported by systems that view nurses as essential partners in providing care and promoting health. The Future of Nursing campaign is guided by the National Academy of Science’s “Future of Nursing” report, and the scholarship program offers funding, mentoring, and leadership development and post doctoral research funding to build the leadership capacity of nurse educators and researchers.

Before working at RWJF, Hassmiller was executive director of the US Public Health Services Primary Care Policy Fellowship at the Health Resources and Services Administration. She also worked in public health settings at the local and state level, and taught community health nursing at the University of Nebraska and George Mason University. A volunteer with the Red Cross, and a member of its board, Hassmiller served as national chair of the 9-11 recovery program and is currently a member of the National Nursing Committee, past-board chair for the Central New Jersey Red Cross.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a member of the Joint Commission’s National Nurse Advisory Council, Hackensack Meridian Health System’s board, and the CMS national nurse steering committee, Hassmiller is also the 2009 recipient of the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The lecture is free and open to the University and Charlottesville communities.