Susan Bauer-Wu

Compassionate Care Nurse and mind-body researcher


Susan Bauer-Wu

Compassionate Care Nurse and mind-body researcher


Susan Bauer-Wu is an accomplished nurse leader and mind-body researcher, as well as a warm and gifted teacher with a distinctive background as a meditation practitioner and instructor.

As the Tussi and John Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care and the director of the Compassionate Care Initiative‰—both at the University of Virginia (UVa) School of Nursing‰—Susan‰’s teaching and research focus on secular, contemplative approaches to fostering resiliency in health care and higher education.

She is passionate about teaching students and health-care professionals how to bring mindfulness practices into their daily lives and into the lives of those they serve. As an adjunct professor in UVa’s Department of Religious Studies and as a member of the UVa Contemplative Sciences Center, Susan has received many significant distinctions and awards, serving on a number of review panels for prominent organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the National Institute of Health.

She is currently on the Research Advisory Council of the Mind & Life Institute, and is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow. In addition to her many academic publications, Susan is the author of the book Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion & Connectedness.

Upcoming Programs

Empowerment, Resilience, and Self-Care for Nurses and Teachers

August 6-11, 2017
Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

As caring professionals, nurses and teachers face similar joys and challenges in serving their communities. This week, you are invited to dive into...