Center for Whole-Person Research
Meet the Team
With the expertise and clinical experience of our staff scientists and licensed mental health counselor, we develop new interventions and test existing interventions to improve the well-being and support the recovery of our healthcare workforce. Principal among these is the RISE© (Resilience, Insight, Self-compassion, and Empowerment) program, a multi-week psychoeducational group program that promotes self-care, protects against burnout, and builds social support among participants. RISE© has been studied in direct care nurses (see published papers above) and is currently being studied in nurse leaders. In addition, a study to assess nurse retention during the pandemic of those who participated in RISE© indicated that the program may have contributed to nurses remaining at the bedside. We continue to develop and study new interventions to address the mind, body, and spirit of our caregivers.
It is imperative to collect meaningful, accurate, and reliable data to inform our priorities and target our interventions. In collaboration with our lead biostatistician, we create and validate psychometrically sound instrumentation to measure specific constructs and to test theoretical models. In addition, we work to validate existing instruments within the health care workforce. The instruments we create and/or validate collect important data to support our work in assessing and promoting whole-person health in our caregivers, patients, and community. Our most recent work includes validating measures of moral injury in our healthcare workforce.