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The Secret of Gritflowness - October 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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INSPIRATIONAL ART Chalk Drawings Offer Daily Cheer Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That W hen the COVID-19 pandemic began, one of the first things we noticed was the negative shift in everyone's moods. We're both very upbeat people, so we brainstormed about what we could do to make things better. Toward the end of March, we started drawing inspira- tional chalk messages — such as "We got this," "Thanks, healthcare heroes" and "We're all in this together" — in the hospital's parking garages. To make sure our drawings were visible to staff and patients, we began to create mes- sages at the hospital's entrances and hit every floor of the garages. We wanted to bring a little joy to someone who was having a hard time coming into work or leaving after an especially stressful shift. When our coworkers fig- ured out we were behind the drawings, we dubbed ourselves The Sunshine Committee and started our own Instagram page (instagram.com/ the_sunshinecommitee). Several col- leagues have thanked us for bringing a smile to their face and for the little extra boost that helps start their day on a positive note. It doesn't take a lot of extra time — or advanced art skills — to brighten someone's day. Erin Donohue, BSN, RN, CCRN Allie Toczylowski, BSN, RN, CCRN Einstein Healthcare Network Philadelphia thesunshinecommittee0@gmail.com DYNAMIC DUO Erin Donohue BSN, RN, CCRN (right), and Allie Toczylowski BSN, RN, CCRN, draw messages to lift the spirits of their colleagues. CHALK IT UP Ms. Donohue and Ms. Toczylowski began by writing messages in the hospital's parking garages. 8 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 The Sunshine Committee The Sunshine Committee

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