2018 Compassion in Action Webinar Series

Compassionate, Collaborative Care –working together to bring compassion into daily practice

Amidst the rapid changes in health care, how can health care professionals and staff sustain and deepen the caring and compassion that draws them to this profession? How can caregivers most effectively engage patients and each other to improve the quality of care and achieve better outcomes?

Recent neuroscience developments demonstrate that our brains are constantly being reshaped by our everyday experiences. With intention and practice, we can change the way our brains respond to the continuous flow of information, distractions, emotional reactions and interpersonal challenges. Through skills development and practice, we can strengthen the sense of reward and purpose in our work that is the antidote to burnout, build effective teams, and relate to patients and families more effectively.

Please join us for a new year-long webinar series on Compassionate, Collaborative Care – “The Triple C.” We’ll teach some of the concepts and skills that are essential to providing compassionate, collaborative care in ways that matter to patients, families and ourselves. The skills we’ll highlight are components of a framework co-developed by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, with support and guidance from the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence (University of Chicago) and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

Together we will learn how to sustain compassion and collaboration in health care while sustaining our well-being.


Fostering Compassion: One Breath, One Pause, One Community

Wed, March 21, 2018 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

“Fostering Compassion” will walk our audience through many nuanced, complex-but-simple practices of compassion. Nurses Jonathan Bartels and Tim Cunningham will join Schwartz Center Chief Medical Officer Beth Lown for an hour of storytelling, laughter, and stories from the front lines of care at a Level One Trauma Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bartels, a 2017 Schwartz Center National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award finalist, will discuss in-depth his work in developing the now internationally practiced “Medical Pause,” while Cunningham, the Director of the University of Virginia’s Compassionate Care Initiative, will discuss how the CCI is driving research on the pause and other hard-to-measure aspects of compassion.

About the Presenters:


Johnathan Bartels, RN, CHPN started working in healthcare 1986. While working as an orderly and phlebotomist he achieved a Bachelors in Psychology and graduate work in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University. Prior to finishing the masters, Jonathan pivoted once again and entered D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, to pursue a degree in nursing. He graduated with a Bachelors in nursing in 1997. From 1998 to present, he has worked as a registered nurse at the University of Virginia Health system. He has worked in a variety of settings including ICU, ER, Acute care and palliative care both as a liaison and bedside nurse. Since 2009 Jonathan has worked in collaboration with the University Of Virginia School Of Nursing both as an original member of the Compassionate Care Initiative and as a facilitator for introductory resiliency retreats for both undergraduate and graduate nurses. In 2011 Jonathan introduced a practice that he calls “The Pause.” This practice serves as a means for healthcare staff to stop and communally honor the loss of life and promote a paradigm shift in how death is approached both nationally and internationally. He has written several articles and done podium presentations related to resiliency and self-care for nurses, physicians and first responders. In 2017 Jonathan Bartels was one of six finalists for the Schwartz Center’s National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award. He is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and the Hospice & Palliative Care Nurses Association.


Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH was lassoed and dragged down a dirt road in rural Chiapas, Mexico, by an irate man who did not find clowns funny: That was the beginning of his global health career. First an actor, then a clown, now nurse and researcher, Tim has always been interested in how people connect with one another–for better or worse, with and without words. He received his BA in English at the College of William and Mary and then trained in acting at the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. Since the lasso experience 15 years ago, he has worked closely with the non-profit Clowns Without Borders as a clown, board member and executive director. It was by doing clown work in Haiti that inspired Tim to study nursing. He finished his Master’s in Nursing at the University of Virginia and has worked as an emergency pediatric nurse in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and New York City. He completed his Doctorate in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health in 2016. Cunningham has worked as a nurse in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak and he has just returned from Bangladesh where he volunteered with the NGO, MedGlobal and worked with Rohingya refugees. He holds a joint appointment at the University of Virginia School of Nursing and Department of Drama where he serves as the Director of UVA’s Compassionate Care Initiative. As an actor or nurse, he has worked in more than 20 different countries and has witnessed profound acts of resilience, inspirations from which he hopes to share with his students and colleagues.