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Zen Den for Nursing Staff

Raised toward our $23,850 Goal
23 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on January 21, at 11:59 PM PST
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Zen Den for Nursing Staff

Nursing staff (registered nurses, nursing aides, licensed vocational nurses, and hospital unit secretaries) do work that by nature is demanding: physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.  It has been shown that nurses who see their work as a vocation (how they meaningfully contribute to the well-being of others) more frequently demonstrate caring behaviors with patients at the bedside.  To sustain that focus, nursing staff have expressed the need to have space to re-center themselves during their break time.  Here at UC San Diego Health, we want to want to make the dream a reality.


When Jacob’s Medical Center opened on the La Jolla Campus, our Chief Clinical Office Margarita Baggett successfully advocated for dedicated space for nursing wellness on-site. The space is large enough for several nursing staff to meditate, do yoga, receive a massage, or even power nap. 



In addition to the dedicated space, UC San Diego Health has funded the installation of calming lights on a dimmer switch, new paint in a soothing neutral color, and an underwater mural.  Nursing staff are resourceful, and have secured dividers and a few furniture items at low cost out of excess campus inventory.


All that is needed now to complete space dedicated to nursing wellness on site is a few items that will facilitate rest, relaxation, and centering.  Our wish list includes:

  • 3 zero-gravity meditation/nap chairs (Restworks)

  • 3 alphasonic massage chairs (Elite Massage Chairs)

  • 3 meditation cushions

  • 8 headphones

  • 6 throw blankets

  • Flameless candles

  • 2 yoga mats

  • Artwork (photos and inspirational words)

  • Shoe rack for infection prevention

  • 2 low table storage units

  • 1 Himalayan salt lamp

  • 1 mirror

  • 1 feng shui table fountain

  • 2 air plants

  • 1 yoga posture poster

  • 1 Custom fluorescent sign

Our fundraising target for this 30 day campaign to run through January 7, 2018 is $23, 850.


Please consider donating to this worthy cause and giving back to nursing staff who dedicate themselves to each other and patients year-round. 

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