Nurses at the Victoria Hospital have been given a place to regroup and find temporary relaxation when the job becomes too stressful and intense.
The hospital on World Nurses Day (May 12) opened its new nurses’ lounge – a facility hoped to increase the productivity of nurses by providing them some breathing space from the many sights, sounds and situations they may encounter in the “hustle and bustle of their normal ward life.”
The move is generally geared at improving the level of service at the Victoria Hospital.
Nursing Director Ruth Regis-Adesanya said at a brief opening ceremony at the hospital that the lounge came about upon the realisation that nursing is a very intense and stressful profession.
As nurses all over the world celebrated World Nurses Day, Regis-Adesanya said the lounge could not have been opened on a better day.
“There have been numerous research papers written on the quality of work life and its impact on patient care, on employee motivation, on the success of an organisation. The opening of this nurses’ lounge is indeed a positive step … in improving what happens at Victoria Hospital,” she said.
Executive Director of the institution Jeanette Hughes told the opening ceremony that the lounge is a token of appreciation to nurses.
“We want you to use this place for your rest during a hard day. We know there are times you need a break. When the challenges that you face can be a lot to bear and you need to sit somewhere just to relax and just to regroup again mentally… The work of nurses is very difficult and we want to say we appreciate what you do,” she said.
Hughes explained that the lounge is part of the hospital’s “transitioning” effort to boost nurses’ morale and provide motivation “as we look forward to go into the new National Hospital.”
According to hospital officials, improving the quality of work life is extremely important and without management support it cannot happen.
The St. Lucia Nurses Association played a critical role in making the new nurses’ lounge a reality and Lydia Leonce president of the Association believes it’s a good investment.
“What you will get is increased productivity, better outcomes and this is what the association wants,” she said.
According to her, nurses at the institution have been pushing for such a facility for some time.
She said that the association is looking forward to utilising the area and promised to do so appropriately.
“We assure you that … our care to the patients will continue and it will be improved. I am positive that it will be improved once we as managers encourage our nurses to utilise this area, to walk away from the stressful environment,” she said.