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Nurse champions compassionate culture with 'The Pause'


Pausing for a moment of reflection after a patient’s death reconnects caregivers to the mission of healthcare.

It's no surprise when leaders are lauded for action that moves an organization forward. But Jonathan B. Bartels, RN, BSN, CHPN, palliative care liaison nurse at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, is being credited for encouraging others to be still.

Bartels' concept of "The Pause," where care teams take about a minute after a patient's death to stop and honor the life that has left them, has garnered national and international interest.

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