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Glen Cove Hospital opens wellness room for nurses and staff

Glen Cove Hospital nurse, Andrea Marchese, RN, relaxes in an electric massage chair.
Glen Cove Hospital nurse, Andrea Marchese, RN, relaxes in an electric massage chair.

Nurses get workplace retreat

GLEN COVE, NY —

Nurses and staff at Glen Cove Hospital have a new private space in the facility to recharge 24 hours a day.  Known as the Watson Room, the former patient room located on the third floor has been transformed into a quiet healing area, which is available to nurses during 15-minute breaks to relax and unwind away from their patient care units.

The quiet wellness room is equipped with an electric massage chair, calming music, audiobooks on mindfulness practice, all in a serene and peaceful atmosphere.

“The model was based on wellness rooms popular in other workplace settings,” said Doreen O’Grady, DNP, associate executive director of patient care services at Glen Cove Hospital. “We received feedback from our nurses who voiced they could use a quick respite from a stressful situation on the floor or to simply regroup and refresh.  We wanted to support our nurses to practice self-care so they are in turn better prepared to care for our patients and their own loved ones.”

About Jean Watson

The Watson Room is named for Jean Watson an American nurse theorist and nursing professor who is best known for her theory of human caring. 

Ms. Watson’s research and teachings on caring have been incorporated into education and patient care at hundreds of nursing schools and health care facilities worldwide.