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From snack shacks to clothing drives: building a sense of community in nursing

Comprised of bedside registered nurses and members of the leadership team, the T7 Professional Practice Group receives a PHSA+ Award for boosting morale and helping nurses connect with one another at a more personal level.
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The T7 Professional Practice Group (PPG) is dedicated to boosting morale and helping staff feel a sense of togetherness.

Partial team members of the T7 PPGThe team has organized everything from Halloween candy grams to workout sessions to BBQs to a snack shack. They make staff feel appreciated and give them a chance to connect with one another.

The T7 PPG also helps staff and patients deal with difficult situations. They put together posters that support nurses who are treating patients with eating disorders. Their trauma-informed tips are designed to help nurses help their patients in a meaningful way.

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The team works to support patients and families as well. In December 2022, they organized a clothing drive for patients ranging from newborns to 17 years old who arrive at the hospital with little or no notice. This idea was so effective, that other units in BC Children’s Hospital reached out to use the clothing drive for their patients. 

Partial team members of the T7 PPGThe T7 PPG makes simple changes that are incredibly valuable to families, like changing whiteboards in patient hallways to explain the resources families can use while at the hospital.

Their commitment to everything from celebrating staff birthdays to putting together a program like the clothing drive is praised by those from within the unit and outside of it.

“The PPG has been integral in elevating the morale on T7, and in building a sense of community and togetherness. T7’s blueprint has truly been outlined in the most positive way because of these individuals, and they deserve so much more acknowledgement than we could ever give them,” said Kelsey McCormick, clinical resource nurse with T7.

Congratulations to the T7 Professional Practice Group on their PHSA+ Award!

About the PHSA+ Awards program

The PHSA+ Awards are part of an internal recognition program that celebrates teams and individuals who bring our PHSA values to life in the workplace. They go above and beyond to serve patients and families across B.C. Read about the other PHSA+ award recipients for 2023.

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