Courtney Surmanek


Resiliency Moments

Collaborator with The Clinic

The Clinic combines arts, dance, movement and science to create immersive experiences and workshops for health care professionals and the public that support self-care and raise awareness about the detrimental effects of compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary traumatic stress.

Resiliency Moments provide one-on-one creative experiences designed to make health care workers feel seen, heard, and cared for. Nurses, social workers, and other healthcare workers often suffer from compassion fatigue and burnout, and even more so during the extreme circumstances of COVID-19. Responding to this crisis, socially engaged artists have found  opportunities to share their creativity, deploy empathy skills, and contribute to the wellbeing of essential workers. Resiliency Moments bring these two professional groups together to make art, heal grief and trauma, and mend a broken health care system.

I'm currently leading Resiliency Moments online with social workers and nurses in Staten Island University Hospital’s hospice and palliative care units. I've so far created one scripted experience, set in my kitchen, titled Whisk the Charts, Knead Grief. I also recently collaborated to lead a structured Resiliency Moment through the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence.