The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)pandemic has adversely affectedmany people’s mental wellbeing.Healthcare organizations have beenfaced with incredible challenges dueto COVID-19. Finding strategies tosupport mental wellbeing, especiallyfor frontline nurses is crucial to ensurea comprehensive recovery. Shortly after the pandemic started, one nurse realized frontline healthcare clinicians needed a quiet space to unwind and rejuvenate. With space limited at the hospital, this proved to be a challenging goal.
The purpose of this initiative was to create a space intended to offer a stress-free tranquil environment that promoted mental wellbeing for frontline nurses during the pandemic at an acute care community hospital.
Methods of Implementation
Two conference rooms &one officewere utilized to create the Relaxation Spaces Relaxation Spaces offered a stress-freeenvironment by providing forms of self-care such as aroma & music therapy With the lights dimmed, the RelaxationSpaces were stocked with infusedwater & mints Each room was set up to accommodateone person at a time, allowing a spaceto safely remove their mask Cleaning guidelines when entering &exiting the Relaxation Spaces followedCDC recommendations
The response from frontline nurses has been overwhelmingly positive, with many calling it a much needed tranquil space. The Relaxation Spaces allowed many nurses to have a quiet moment to reenergize.
The Relaxation Spaces are one example of how hospitals can quickly and proficiently create a quiet space for frontline nurses that builds resilience and promotes mental wellbeing. The gratitude from the frontline clinicians further affirms the need to foster ways to support wellbeing for all, especially our frontline healthcare heroes.
Nursing Consortium Conference 2021
Conference - Poster
McCue, Victoria, Cheong, Simone, "COVID-19: Innovative Strategies to Support Mental Wellbeing for Frontline Nurses" (2021). All Publications. 4137.
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