New nurses’ lounge for Victoria Hospital

New nurses’ lounge for Victoria Hospital
The nurses lounge was officially opened on May 12th, 2014. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Health.
The nurses lounge was officially opened on May 12, 2014. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Health.

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.

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  1. I truly wish that the louge was a place where after a crazy shift they can get to rest theit tired bodies and mind. The lounge seems more like a liming area. Let's hope they don't turn it into a conference room like the last lunch area..imagine working in ward 9 and you don't hve a place to rest when u are drained

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  2. Everyone deserves a break. Yes some may try to use it for the wrong reasons and others genuinely need some time off. They are humans too.

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  3. There are four doctors (one still studying), three nurses, one administrator and one Physiotherapist in my immediate family. All are female. I personally have lots of admiration and respect for these consummate professionals!

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  4. I have always held nurses with the highest respect, to me personally, they are earthly angels and I owe them many thanks. Nurses go through a lot on a daily basis, and the authorities should take care of the ones who take care of us.

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  5. People are so uncharitable. I am not in the healthcare business, but it takes a special person who can put up with all that pain and misery day in day out, cleaning the infirm etc.

    Some of you begrudge the nurses a quiet room to sit down and catch their breath? SHAME ON YOU. I HOPE YOU NEVER GET SICK AND NEED THEIR HELP.

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  6. Ok if memory serves me right wasn't there always that was turned into a conference room or something. So is this the same place that was sorta renovated or a totally new space

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  7. Oh great so they can gossip and not hear when they are being called ..SOME of those nurses need training on how to approach people they rough u up so bad gives you no taste to seek aid most of them lack on ways to treat people we do know they are human and go tru the same stress as any other person but its no excuse to tell people what they want i saw a woman in so much pain after surgery and was treated poorly .

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  8. Come on people. Think about it. All the conditions we in the public face, the nurses face also. Some don't even have paper towels to wipe their hands at VH. They take abuse from us, the members of the public. If the just answer us they on news spin. Why not treat them well. Give the tools and in return we all benefit. My mom is a nurse. God mother is a nurse. My other half is a nurse. I seem the labour. If they don't have tools then they can't assist us. Most times it's not their fault. BRAVO for the nurse's lounge

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  9. Great news for the nurses congratulations...They deserve it...If there is any negative to take from this is the writing by the author quoting a statement by the president of the nurses association.....

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  10. Nurses go through a lot on the job. I cant imagine always having to deal with people in pain and sorrow everyday. Yes they do need a little time away on the job especially when they witness the death of a patient or have to deal with people who are in excruciating pain. Good move Victoria Hospital. On the other hand, nurses please use the area for what its intended to be. Do not take advantage.

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  11. WHO I am not a nurse and i respect every ones opinion BUT YOU SOUND LIKE A FOOL TALKING CRAP, I AM SURE YOU ARE AN IGNORANT HUMANBEING TO SAY THINGS LIKE THIS......DO YOU LIVE UNDER THE BUSH!!!?????

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  12. They will not go in there for a few minutes to relax, that room will turn into the gossip room,them bla bla mouths love some good roro while the poor people need their service like a hole in the head on the outside. Lock that room down their service is not worth it they are too laid back on their job already.

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  13. Yes the nurses who care for your relatives while the doctors that you worship spend 5 minutes with them and move on. FYI moron the nurse's lounge is for meetings and nurse's OFF shift. Smh I always wish idiots like you would join a profession and have to deal with persons with a similar attitude to see how stupid you are

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  14. Great job! Yet some people can find the negative in everything. Smh. Lets try to give our people what they need to help them improve/execute their work. After all, they are all we have

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  15. Let's hope that the nurses use the lounge when they truly deserve and not as a get away when the job becomes too intense. After all nursing is a vocation and not a job.

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  16. Nursing means giving a great deal of yourself to help others and the stress levels must be very high at vh. Good to see that they can have a comfortable space to take an occasional break.

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  17. oh a place for nurses to go and "hide" instead of lookin after their patients. soon u go hear "where the nurses??" they in d lounge jus dey ole talkin and forgettin they hav a wound to dress.

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