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"I Can't Work Another Minute": A Study of Nursing Resiliency

Course Description

Resiliency conjures images of flexible people, institutions or organizations that can “bounce back” after adverse events. Research shows higher levels of stress on our frontline healthcare workers due to the current pandemic, which in turn decreases staff satisfaction, increases staff burnout, and thrwarts resiliency. How can the built environment better support these people in times of duress? This presentation will review current research into the utilization of two types of resilience rooms, dedicated to helping nursing staff cope with on-the-job work stress. This research seeks to link staff satisfaction and retention to the institution of these rooms by expanding their usage throughout the acute care hospital environment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the importance of healthcare workers’ mental health and how it affects patient care.
  2. Understand the empirical data that connects these short breaks in a resilience room to staff satisfaction and ultimately, staff retention.
  3. Decipher the difference between the design of “active” and “quiet” resilience rooms and who will benefit from which style of space.


  • Jennifer Wilcynski, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, EDAC
  • Virginia Prendergast PhD, NP-C, FAAN, CNRN, Sr Director, Advances Practice Nursing, Dignity Health

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EDAC Course ID:
January 19, 2023
Class Frequency: