Jonathan Bartels, RN
Palliative Care Nurse
Jonathan Bartels has been a Registered Nurse since 1997. In 2009, as an Emergency trauma nurse, he initiated a practice he named “The Pause.” This practice has been instrumental in promoting a paradigm shift surrounding death and self-care across healthcare both nationally and internationally. He has received accolades from the American Academy of Critical Care Nurses (2018 Pioneering Spirit Award) and the Schwartz Center compassionate healthcare provider of the year (2017).
Jonathan is currently the Palliative Care Liaison nurse at The University of Virginia Health System. He also serves as the Health System Liaison for the Compassionate Care Initiative (CCI) from the University Of Virginia School Of Nursing. Since 2010 he has been a facilitator for Compassion/Self-care retreats offered by the Compassionate Care Initiative. These retreats have been offered to over 3000 medical/nursing students and healthcare providers in the last decade. Jonathan is a podium presenter, artist, nurse, retreat facilitator. His interest and goal is to support compassion/self-care both for his fellow healthcare providers and also to the patients he serves.