FIRST, DO NO HARM
In October 2018, The Clinic premiered an immersive performance experience titled First, Do No Harm at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.
Created by Tara Rynders, in collaboration with writer Edith Weiss and co-directors Lia Bonfilio and Jadd Tank - First, Do No Harm is an intimate journey of personal loss, love, life and death.
Throughout the tender span of 120 minutes, audiences are guided throughout a hospital by dancers, actors and musicians, where these themes are explored through the both eyes of the caregivers and the cared for.
Absurd, raw and creative to the very last detail, First, Do No Harm takes the audience on a pendulum swing, back and forth, until collectively we reach the very core of our human condition, sharing an experience which shapes our interactions and the way we experience each other.
Performers include: Cortney McGuire, Kristine Whittle, Julie Rooney, Maegan Keller, Rowan Salem, Kate Speer, Jun Akiyama, Suzanna Wellens, Sexton McGrath, Lia Bonfilio, Tara Rynders, Jake Wherry, Johanna Brown, Olivia Dyer, Emma Acheson, and Sydney Clapp.
About The Clinic
The Future We See
Brighter and Stronger Connections Between Nurses, Patients and our Communities.
The Clinic creates art-based workshops and performances that raise awareness and fight the epidemic of compassion fatigue and nursing burnout to help caregivers rediscover the inherent joy found in caring for another human being.
Our mission is based on the central theme that ALL human beings deserve to be seen, heard and cared for, without discrimination. In doing this we are looking closely at health disparities, racism, and implicit bias as central themes in this work, in order to come alongside healthcare workers in dismantling health disparities and racism in the workplace.
At The Clinic we strive to create a safe, communal space for artists, nurses, patients and the community to commune together through the arts. Through live performance, dance, immersive theater and art-based workshops for healthcare providers, The Clinic desires to cultivate a sense of wonder and joy through the arts. We believe that the arts bring healing into the hospital and that this leads to better patient outcomes in the hospital setting, decreased compassion fatigue and decreased nursing burn-out.
We believe every nurse, patient, and family member deserves to be seen and heard and cared for. . .
The Clinic utilizes the See Me as a Person Framework that brings curiosity, wonder, and attunement to the bedside and offers nurses and patients a chance to create an authentic connection through the use of the arts.
Rynders, alongside Diedre Bricker RN MSN, developed an IRB-approved research study, implemented during “The Clinic Workshops” to assess the outcomes of using art, movement, and play-based theater to help decrease burnout and secondary traumatic stress
Rynders piloted the research study at Rose Medical Center and The Medical Center of Aurora in 2019.
Participants reported a dramatic decrease in burnout and secondary traumatic stress and a significant increase in empathy following the workshop.
Rynders will continue to add to the research throughout her ongoing work with “The Clinic Workshops,” in an effort to underscore the impact of using art to process grief and trauma.
Rynders is currently researching the correlation between compassion fatigue and burnout in healthcare providers and its role in health disparities.