Wellness at the School of Nursing

The School of Nursing aims to create a culture of wellness in which the entire functions optimally, finds joy, and thrives.

To uphold this goal, the Wellness Taskforce was convened by Dean Kathy Rideout in 2021 and wellness is a key component of the University of Rochester School of Nursing 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.

Our Philosophy of Wellness

The School of Nursing is dedicated to establishing and maintaining a culture that promotes wellness and equity for all faculty, staff, and students.

The School of Nursing sustains a culture of wellness by supporting attitudes and behaviors that contribute to a positive environment and by providing information, activities, and services designed to enhance emotional and physical well-being.

We believe that a culture of wellness and health promotion can only be achieved if opportunities and resources are fully integrated throughout our missions of education, practice and research, and partnerships that support community health equity and social justice.

Conceptual framework

IHE Framework for Improving Joy in Work Figure 3

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Framework for Improving Joy at Work helps to guide the wellness efforts at the School of Nursing, with specific adaptations to identify and address faculty, staff, and student needs considering:

A focus on joy is a step toward creating safe, humane places for people to find meaning and purpose in their work” from which a culture of wellness can be achieved.
— IHI Framework for Improving Joy in Work

  • Physical and Psychological Safety;
  • Meaning and Purpose;
  • Choice and Autonomy;
  • Recognition and Rewards;
  • Participative Management;
  • Camaraderie and Teamwork;
  • Daily Improvement;
  • Wellness and Resilience;
  • Real-Time Measurement.

This aligns with The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Health Equity report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which focuses on nurses’ well-being and provides a structure to reach our wellness strategic goals

What's Going On?

The Wellness Taskforce shares a weekly newsletter with School of Nursing faculty, staff, and students. Read the latest wellness news:

Wellness Champions: Who We Are

Have wellness questions or ideas? Contact us: SON-WTF@urmc.rochester.edu.

Susan Blaakman

Susan Blaakman

Leader, Wellness Taskforce and Strategic Planning
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Natalie Thompson

Natalie Thompson

Co-Leader, Wellness Taskforce
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Caroline Nestro

Caroline Nestro

Co-Leader, Wellness Strategic Planning

 

Lisa Norsen

Lisa Norsen

Faculty, Wellness Taskforce
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Patty Corbett-Dick

Patty Corbett-Dick

Faculty, Wellness Taskforce
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Aaron Pollard

Aaron Pollard

Staff, Wellness Taskforce
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Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher

Staff, Wellness Taskforce
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Nate Bloemke

Nate Bloemke

Staff, Wellness Taskforce
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