San staff meet community well wishers
Representatives of San staff had the chance to meet and thank Brigidine College students for their heart-warming and inspiring letters of support and hope sent to bolster staff spirits during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Close to 100 students created moving and soulful messages acknowledging the pressures on doctors, nurses and other support staff, voicing their thanks for the expertise and sacrifices they were making in caring for the ill and preventing the spread of infection.
The messages conveyed the students understanding of the pressures sharing comment sentiments.
“Thankyou for the care, treatment and support you give your patients, and for your dedication and sacrifice, especially your time with your family.”
Your strength and determination has not gone unnoticed and the hard work you put in daily is greatly appreciated.”
During the visit to the San by 5 of the students San staff were represented by medical and nursing staff, infection control, hospitality, food services, and physiotherapy team members.
The San’s Associate Professor Michael Hughes thanked the girls for their letters reaffirming the positive impact on the Hospital’s 2400 staff and 1100 visiting medical specialists.
“The wonderful display of support from the girls at Brigidine College was really inspiring and uplifting, and a wonderful boost to all the staff. “
San Nurse Operational Executive Clare Lumley agreed saying it helped staff during their immense planning and preparation to deal with the needs of the last few months.
“The encouragement from the community and schools provided that extra support and strength the teams needed to deal with the challenges of a crisis that has never been dealt with before in Australia.”
Brigidine College’s Skye Wacher said the letter writing project to healthcare professionals was part of a pastoral care program that included also writing to the elderly in aged care homes.
“It’s nice for the girls to give back to the community and let people know that they’re thinking of them, especially when they were remote learning.
It’s good for the girls to make sure that hospital and healthcare workers are aware that people realise what a challenging time it was and how much they’re appreciated.
Without hospital workers we wouldn’t be in the position we are in today.
So I think it’s great for young students to realise what a difference they can make by a simple gesture and the amount of thought and time that went into it was really rewarding.
It is beautiful to know that everything that Brigidine College stands for, represented by our motto, ‘Strength and Gentleness’ rings true with what the students have done. “
San Director of Medical and Surgical Services Ross Penman shared with the students how the supportive messages help all staff stay strong in what can be a difficult environment.
“Even small messages of support help build up our emotional resilience.
These letters fills up our emotional buckets to help us to back up again to keep going.
They made a huge difference. Thank you.”