The QEII Hospital Emergency Team have joined forces, coming together as part of the Wellness Interest Group to have a boogie and let their hair down.
Working in the Emergency Department can be a high stress environment where the doctors, nurses, allied health, radiology, phlebotomy, operational services and executive teams all come together to help the community’s most vulnerable people.
“In 2016 the QEII ED team created WIG, our Wellness Interest Group inclusive of our multidisciplinary team members with the aim to improve staff wellness and the team atmosphere.
“The ED is a very dynamic place interacting with members from most departments throughout the hospital, so it is important to find a way to all come together and just put a smile on the staff’s faces every day,” said Clinical Nurse Consultant, Louise Welldon.
The group run various activities throughout the ED to boost morale including mindful meditation, a staff snack trolley every week, fresh fruit at work and the announcement of a star of the month.
“We’ve also established other initiatives such as tea room recycling where the team could make an effort to give back and we’ve established the ethos of ‘team wellness’ as a priority for the QEII Emergency Department,” she said.
The latest initiative was the choreography and performance of a dance routine filmed last week throughout the hospital.
“We had representatives from ED nurses, doctors, allied health, radiology, phlebotomy, administration, operational services and the executive all come together, giving up their weekends and days off to learn and practice this dance.
“We voted on the music choice and Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling came out on top so we got to business and started choreographing!”
The team dance was an opportunity to celebrate as colleagues and as friends, and showcase the wonderful collaborative teamwork that exists in the QEII ED.