Taking care of those who look after others
‘Amazing hour together with my work family, I will definitely think more about everyone’s roles and jobs and how they might be dealing with terrible, or sad or difficult scenarios…’
These were the words of one participant following a Schwartz Round held recently in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda.
Schwartz Rounds provide an opportunity for staff to reflect on the emotional aspects of their work. They create a safe space which can be very emotionally charged. Rounds have been shown to impact on staff wellbeing, resilience and support which ultimately influences patient experience of care. The feeling created at a Schwarz Round is one of calmness, which can best be described as a gathering of souls that all connect on an emotional and spiritual level.
Different panellists each month generously share their personal insights of connections with others - colleagues, patients and family members - and of the bonds that are created on a human level with every human connection. One panellist urged us to always remember to not be afraid to display appreciation of people in your life that support and nurture you. One of the deep learning for me was that as professionals we tend to quickly decide what a patients needs and wants without truly listening to them...We heard the story of a man struggling to communicate following a stroke: his real intention in mastering the alphabet board was not to ask to sit out, to go for a walk but to express to his wife that he loved her.
Another panellist shared the experience of reducing a patient’s anxiety though sitting with him and taking the time to listen to him to be in his presence. It was only as he approached his death that he confided that he believed she reminded him of his former love, the one who got away. Her gentle presence with him helped to calm his spirit and brought him the serenity to face his death at peace with the world. Hospitals are exceedingly busy places, but it is important for everybody to take the time to connect in the moment, to reflect, to make full use of all your senses as you navigate your day.
Sharing of these beautiful stories has meant that Schwartz Rounds have become a way of The next meeting of Drogheda & District Floral Art Group will take place on Tuesday 11th December at 8pm, in the Holy Family Community Centre, Ballsgrove.
Join the group for some festive Christmas demonstrations by their own members. Everyone Welcome.
Christmas Flower arranging at Drogheda Library
Learn how to create some beautiful floral designs for Christmas. Thursday 6th December at 3pm. Contact Drogheda Library on 0419876162 for further details. #louthlibraries.
DROGHEDA and District Chamber host a networking lunch on Friday December 7, 1pm to 3..30pm, with guest speaker Bobby Kerr. It’s in the Westcourt Hotel and tickets are €40. Sponsored by State Street. Contact the chamber at 9833544 for tickets.