Once in a while, the junior nurses who care for patients in the hospital get out of the hospital and into a relaxed setting where they ‘care’ for each other, sharing advice, offering support and enjoying some pampering.
A group of 20 JGH relative newcomers got together with nursing veterans recently at a 5 à 7 at a local pub, where the younger generation had an opportunity to unwind, share experiences with peers, and exchange coping tips and strategies.
Nursing is very gratifying, says Geneviève Dorris, a Clinical Placement Coordinator in the Department of Nursing, but it can also be difficult, especially for recent graduates who probably have never worked nights or on rotation. “There’s also the emotional impact of the work,” she adds. “You follow patients, you get to know them and, tragically, sometimes they die.”
Recognition of these stresses and rewards is what prompted the JGH Nursing Recruitment team to organize the get-together along with the hospital’s Council of Nurses’ Youth Committee, including Nurse Clinicians Justine de Monteiro (Surgery), Maureen Clervil (Neonatal Intensive Care), Bianca Rossignol (Emergency) and Karine Lepage (Head Nurse in Hemato-Oncology). Their particular intent was to help to nurses who have been at the hospital for less than two years.
“Coming together in an informal setting enabled us to discuss our professional experiences, as well as all of their emotional and personal consequences,” says Larysa Konstantinova, a nurse in Psychiatry, who attended the event and has been at the JGH since June. “We really felt the team spirit, not only with peers from our unit, but as part of the hospital’s nursing family. It reinforced my confidence about launching my career at the JGH.”
Organizers are planning to host a similar event in the spring, and then twice yearly, complete with gift-certificate door prizes and free munchies.