Between constant COVID-19 news coverage and social media updates, negative messages can easily muffle positive stories during these unprecedented times. However, one Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital radiology technologist has been using her creativity to make sure that this is not the case for her teammates.
Sonia Figueroa, RT (R) (CT), created the “Good Vibes Board” to spread positivity and share uplifting messages with her coworkers. Located in the radiology break room, this board typically displays patient satisfaction surveys and turnaround times. It now features funny sayings and supportive quotes to encourage the team during this stressful time.
“The break room is our place to sit and relax for a couple of minutes, and the board with funny, beautiful and inspirational messages reminds us that we are a team, and as a team, we can get through anything,” says Sonia.
The entire team quickly joined in, sharing their own messages on the board. It’s also prompted an even greater level of bonding for the team, as it has encouraged them to share more with one another.
Susan Kroner, chair of radiology, shares, “we have had some wonderful conversations in the break room by reflecting on the positive aspects of the pandemic. Our kids are talking more, texting less. Our gardens have never looked better. Some are decluttering, some are researching their past on ancestry.com, some are expanding their photo libraries or music libraries, a few have adopted new pets. We are all sharing more with coworkers.”
Susan also adds, “ultimately, we realize that we have a built-in support network at work. Because of this board, I think we are able to stay present and focused at work and give our patients the best possible care.”
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