Tak­ing care of those who look after oth­ers

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - BY ALI­SON COMYN

‘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.

Cham­ber lunch

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.

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