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Since 1981, Jackie Boyce has been caring for patients as a registered nurse at Toronto Rehab's Bickle Centre for Complex Continuing Care – and she couldn't be happier.
So, what's her secret?
According to Jackie, it's a supportive team, staying energized on-the-job, and striking a healthy balance between work and home life.
For the past year, Jackie and her fellow nurses on
Bickle Centre's Special Care Unit – who care for patients who require assistance for most or all of their needs – started "
Special Care Morning Stretch and Exercise," a wellness initiative to kick-start their mornings.
The initiative came out of UHN's Employee Engagement Survey, which saw a need for an action plan to enhance wellness and team building at work.
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"Thirty-five years ago, wellness wasn't really on the radar," says Jackie.
"But as we get more and more patients that are increasingly complex, it's important to incorporate personal and team wellness to accommodate this challenging and physical environment."
After their huddle every morning, the nursing team takes five minutes to exercise and stretch, with a rotating nurse leading the activity every day.
UHN's Wellness team agrees that taking time – even five minutes out of the day – to focus on improving overall health and well-being can have many benefits for both employees and employers. A healthy organization translates into a more productive and resilient workforce.
"We spend so much of our waking lives in the workplace, so there is a great opportunity to have a significant influence not only on the health of the individual, but on team dynamic," says Paul Smits, Wellness Coordinator at UHN.
"Increasingly in the healthcare environment, we are being asked to do more with less, so providing employees with the tools, resources, support, and a culture of well-being is key to fostering happy and healthy employees."
The nurses on Bickle Centre's Special Care Unit are proof of this philosophy and they hope other teams will feel inspired to pursue wellness in the workplace.
"I would definitely recommend it to other units looking for a fun and healthy activity to do together – it only takes five minutes but it makes such a difference."