Title of ArticleImplementing workplace wellness in healthcare settings: lessons learned from the SEED wellness team reflective journaling
Type of ArticleCritical Reflection
Author/sRuth Everingham and Padmini Pai
ReferenceVolume 13, Issue 1, Article 8
Date of PublicationMay 2023
Keywordsevaluation, legacy practitioner, professional wisdom, system-level impact, workforce transformation

Background: This article shares the reflection journey of a newly formed workplace wellness team, whose members documented their experience throughout an eight-week project using reflective journaling. Reflection was seen as a valuable tool for developing greater self-awareness and insight into team dynamics. Sharing reflections among the team also served to strengthen bonds and provided a chance to discuss challenges that were faced.

Aim: To demonstrate the importance of promoting and prioritising the practice of reflection amid the high workload intensity of a busy healthcare environment.

Conclusion: A diverse group of healthcare workers was able to identify the value of dedicated worktime for reflection while meeting the demands of project targets and tight time frames.

Implications for practice:

  • Personal and team reflective practice offers teambuilding opportunities for newly formed teams along with time for confidence building, self-improvement and connecting with others
  • Timely documentation of these reflections can give immediate insight into challenges individuals or the entire team may be experiencing, thus allowing prompt response and adjustments, in addition to creating a record for personal and team learnings over time
  • To ensure engagement in, and sustainability of, wellness-oriented reflective practice, both bottom-up and top-down commitment is required

This article by Ruth Everingham and Padmini Pai is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 License.

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