‘I just need a space to cry.’ How hospitals have set up places where nurses can recharge
Even before the pandemic, numerous studies have warned about fatigue and burnout among healthcare workers, especially nurses. - Satjawat Boontanataweepol/Dreamstime/TNS

MIAMI -- Caring for very sick children daily can be emotionally taxing, even for professionals with years of experience. As front-line workers who also support grieving parents, nurses often cope with chronic stress. To help support their nurses, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital recently created two serenity spaces in the oncology and ICU departments, where staff can go to regroup, unwind and reflect, even if just for a few minutes in the day. “We really needed a space to decompress and reset,” said Peggy Townsend, a pediatric oncology nurse for over 20 years and now service line administrator in ...