Henry Ford Health Introduces ‘Recharging Rooms’ for Nurse Wellness – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT) – As Nurses Week draws to a close, Henry Ford Health introduces a place where nurses can go and recharge.

“Take me to Serenity Beach,” Henry Ford RN Benjamin House tells a high-tech voice command device.

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That quickly, House can go from the hustle and bustle of caring for patients to a calm and quiet place to care for himself.

“Sometimes you really just need a quiet space, you don’t want to talk to anyone, you don’t want to have to listen to anyone, you just want to sit in your own thoughts, just relax and really not think about anything for a while,” House said.

With these new “Recharging Rooms,” nurses at Henry Ford will be able to do just that, something administrators say is necessary for good mental health, especially after enduring the many challenges of the past two years.

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“The nurse is acting as a member of the family, providing emotional and spiritual support to that patient, and this gives them an opportunity to recharge,” said Gwen Gnam, director of nursing and vice president of Patient Care Services at Henry Ford Health.

The rooms have therapy for all your senses, aroma, soft lighting, soft music and visual sensations that transform them into any place, from the forest to the alpines and the beach.

“’I’m happy there’s a space for all my co-workers to have enjoyed it, they say it’s super relaxing, especially the night shift, the night shift says they enjoy it especially,’ House said.

Gnam said Henry Ford unveiled the four rooms on the main campus this week and is exploring options to provide them at other hospital locations, as well as for patients.

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