The charging room provides a quiet environment for hospital employees


Perhaps they had to break some difficult news to a patient.

Maybe they had a difficult interaction with the patient.

Maybe they just need a quiet, quiet place to spend a few minutes where it’s just them in the room.

Employees of Schneck Medical Center now have this option.

On March 11, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new charging room inside Seymour Hospital.

As you walk through the door, to the right is a small cabinet with water, tea, coffee, a diffuser and a CD player. In the right corner is a high table with a few chairs next to the windows. On a nearby wall is a wooden rack with Bibles, devotions, word search books, journals and adult coloring books. The rest of the room has two sofas, a chair, a massage chair, a television and lamps.

Since the charging room opened, those involved in making it happen have heard positive feedback.

“The comments were ‘It’s just nice to know I have somewhere I can go, even if it’s just for my 15 minute break, to remind myself, to clear my thoughts,'” said Julie Warren, director of human resources. for the hospital.

“I had a member of the team who specifically said he had the onset of a headache and he felt like it was a tension headache. They went 10 minutes at the charging room, sat down in the massage chair, took a moment to refocus, came back down and finished their shift,” she said.

Some also went to the charging room at the end of their shift before getting into their cars to drive home with their families, and they left with a peaceful good thought, Warren said.

Amy Pettit, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, said if a staff member has been through something difficult at work or in their personal life, spending time in the charging room has been for them. beneficial.

“Sometimes these emotions come very quickly in the form of grief and in the form of anxiety or stress,” she said. “My directors and managers say there will be staff – all levels of staff, not just nurses – who will simply say, ‘I need to take a moment. That’s where they come where they know it’s quiet, no one will come in and say, ‘Hey, can you do that?’ It’s separate from the unit, so it’s a bit further from the unit where they have that quiet time.

In workplace break rooms, there may be a lot of people or noise, or someone may be interrupted. In the charging room, an employee can be alone, and if a colleague sees him in there, he knows to leave him alone.

Warren said the room was created due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to provide team members with as much support as possible.

“One thing we’ve heard from team members and then a suggestion from Dr (Joyce) Spurgeon from our mental health and wellbeing field is that sometimes they just need a place where they can quickly reset and recharge, hence the name,” she says. “The management team has been very supportive of finding accommodation.”

The former intensive care unit waiting room has been transformed into a recharging room. Warren said all credit goes to volunteer manager Amy Cockerham in terms of decorations and furnishings.

“We really wanted to create a field that would help people step out of the healthcare environment and into something soothing and calming,” Warren said.

Cockerham said she got the idea from an article she read about a similar type of room at another hospital. She kept the five senses in mind – sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell – when determining what to include.

“These are things that help you ground yourself and relax,” she said.

In the article, Cockerham read that family members of hospital workers noticed a difference if they stopped at the charging room before returning home.

“It was their time and they were in a better frame of mind once they got home, not bringing work home so much because they had time to decompress before going home,” he said. she declared.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held during Schneck’s Team Member Appreciation Week and planned around the second anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We just felt like it was a good time to show more appreciation to our team members, and we had various things that week and also cut the ribbon,” Warren said.

The room is for employees, as a chapel and a few other rooms are available for patients and families to congregate if they need a place to themselves.


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