- The Science of Meditation: Amishi Jha, a Neuroscientist, speaks about Attention and the relation it has to mindfulness.
This time of year brings out the Basic Goodness that resides in all sentient beings. Click the link below to see the many volunteer opportunities available in Madison ranging from decorating a senior activity center to taking an elderly gentlemen out for coffee and a chat.
Find a quiet space. Sit on a soft cushion high enough to allow your knees to be below your pelvis. Place hands on knees. Keep eyes open looking 6 inches in front of you. Back is straight. Breathe in, breathe out. Face whatever comes up in practice with a 'Welcome' and let it go. Bring attention back to the breath. Continue for 5-10 minutes. Appreciate the Moment. Appreciate the silence. See how the practice helps you to be present with your patients. May it allow you to welcome all situations that arise.
Work can be so stressful! At times, we need a moment alone to focus on our minds and our bodies. The next time you have about 5-15 minutes at work, have the Float RN watch your patients and try this 5 minute Yoga flow in the Lactation/Wellness room. There is a yoga mat available. It will allow you to reset and feel refreshed. Namaste.
Healthy recipe options
Our committee will be continuing to provide healthy snack options available to all staff members. We are happy to buy food that will sustain effective energy to meet our job demands. Thank you to all who have donated money in our jar located in the break room. Please provide us with recommendations on healthy snacks you would like to eat! FYI: Our green bowl used for fruit went missing. Please bring it back if you have it.
Debriefing is a process of explaining, sharing, and asking questions after an event. Debriefing originated in the military after missions as a way to analyze and improve future operations. This process also allows participants to reflect on emotions elicited by the events and begin to process them. This practice has been adapted by many professional fields because of the benefits of improving operations and mental health of employees.
The UW has trained debriefing facilitators available for employees. There is a crisis debriefing policy in place to provide “a session in which the normal recovery process to a traumatic event is supported through individual or group interactions with a trained facilitator” (UW Safety Policies and procedures). If you have been involved with a traumatic or stressful event while working, you can request debriefing from management or see the resources below. Our very own MJ is also trained in debriefing and is willing to meet with anyone at any time. We encourage all staff to utilize the debriefing services offered. Debriefing can help us process emotions and share experiences to improve our processes going forward.
Employee Assistance Program: Offers counseling 24/7. 1-800-634-6433 or visit mylifematters.com (password: UWHC1).
Individual Health Insurance: Offers counseling, medications and referral. Contact your individual insurance company (such as Unity, GHC ect).
UWHC: Resources: Coworkers from all disciplines can often be helpful.
Psychiatric Liaisons: Will meet with you once to help with referral, support and coping. Support Sessions are available: Contact CNS Psychiatric Liaisons to initiate the process. This is most often initiated with Clinical Nurse Managers or Unit Based CNSs.
National Suicide Prevention line1-800-273- TALK (8255) 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) TTY
homeless pet donations
Mark Rhodes has generously provided a box in the staff breakroom to collect donations for homeless individuals who have pets in Madison. These homeless men and women are not allowed to stay in shelters with their pets. Food and other supplies are greatly needed. The UW vet school has set up a pet food pantry for homeless pets and that is where our donations will go. If you would like to become more involved please visit the link below and you'll be taken to the website. FYI: Only dry dog food, 3 oz cans and dry cat food, leashes, collars, and toys that are relatively clean will be accepted.
UWHC therapy dog
I was recently made aware of the fact that there are therapy dogs that come to visit in the ED this month. The CTL's are notified when they are brought down. If time permits, come and pet these adorable animals! They will be coming down on December 10th, 15th, and 22nd.