Pro­duc­tiv­ity High on Men­tal Well­ness Nurses Agenda

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

There’s a pop­u­lar say­ing that goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” When a cup is empty, no amount of work or wish­ing could pro­duce a drop out of it. In the very same way, as in­di­vid­u­als, when we push our­selves be­yond our lim­its (emp­ty­ing our phys­i­cal and men­tal re­serves) and more is re­quired of us, we are then un­able to pro­duce in a man­ner that is ef­fi­cient.

The no­tion of pro­duc­tiv­ity is steeped in the ideals of ef­fi­ciency, con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment and ex­cel­lence. The Busi­ness Dic­tionary de­fines pro­duc­tiv­ity as the “mea­sure of the ef­fi­ciency of a per­son, ma­chine, fac­tory, sys­tem, etc., in con­vert­ing in­puts into use­ful out­puts.”

In a field like nurs­ing, where the work never ends, achiev­ing max­i­mum pro­duc­tiv­ity is a dif­fi­cult feat. A nor­mal/ typ­i­cal day does not ex­ist in the life of a nurse. The nurses of the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Unit #3 of the St. Lu­cia Na­tional Men­tal Well­ness Cen­tre pro­vide men­tal health care ser­vices to the pa­tients on the unit. The del­i­cate na­ture of their work means that the nurses are con­stantly on the go.

The team of nurses who ser­vice the unit came to the stark re­al­i­sa­tion that con­tin­u­ing in the cur­rent fash­ion would do more harm than good to their over­all job ef­fi­ciency. It was with this in mind that on June 24th the nurses broke away from their usual work set­ting and de­cided to in­vest in their own self-care and de­vel­op­ment.

A team­build­ing re­treat, ob­served un­der the theme ‘Cel­e­brat­ing Our Achieve­ments, Striv­ing to Give our Best’, opened with a de­brief­ing ses­sion fa­cil­i­tated by Mr. Martin Weekes, a train­ing and man­age­ment con­sul­tant pro­fes­sional. Dur­ing this ses­sion, the nurses had the op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine where they were at pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally and where they would like to see them­selves ad­vance and the re­quired ac­tions to needed for their ad­vance­ment.

The high­light of the day, how­ever, was a pre­sen­ta­tion on “Pro­duc­tiv­ity in the Work­place” by Mrs. Fiona Hink­son, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Com­pet­i­tive­ness and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Coun­cil (NCPC).

“You can­not pre-empt how any given day is go­ing to un­fold or the num­ber of pa­tients that you may have to care for. How­ever, there is so much that you can do to take care of your own per­sonal well-be­ing and en­sure that your needs are met,” Mrs. Hink­son stated.

The pre­sen­ta­tion sought to give the nurses an over­all un­der­stand­ing of what pro­duc­tiv­ity is, the ex­ist­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity cli­mate but more so as it per­tained to the health sec­tor, the im­por­tance of pro­duc­tiv­ity and ways to im­prove it.

The NCPC is con­cerned that pro­duc­tiv­ity con­tin­ues to be a ma­jor im­ped­i­ment to or­gan­i­sa­tional ef­fi­ciency, growth and de­vel­op­ment. More of­ten than not, a lack of un­der­stand­ing of the part that each in­di­vid­ual has to play in im­prov­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity is what cre­ates bar­ri­ers. The NCPC ad­vo­cates that as we pur­sue pro­duc­tiv­ity on a na­tional level, we must con­tinue to chal­lenge cur­rent mind­sets and high­light the need for con­tin­ued ef­forts at at­tain­ing ex­cel­lence.

Nurses re­solve to look af­ter them­selves in or­der to main­tain high stan­dards when car­ing for pa­tients.

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