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Employee Performance Awards 2010. The Winners …

October 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Following are the winners of EPA 2010.

Employee of the Year 2010: Dr. Nuha Abdul Quddoos, Dentist, Employed from 1 November 2009 to present

Gold performer 2010: Manikandan Balakrishnan, Tailor, Employed from 14 December 1997 to present

Gold Performer 2010: Dr. Srinivasan Nitin, Senior Consultant ENT, Employed from 27 November 2003 to present

Gold Performer 2010: Kharen Placido, Physiotherapist, Employed from 27 April 2007 to present

Gold Performer 2010: J Abdul Mazeed, Cook, Employed from 3 January 2005 to present

Gold Performer 2010: Mariyam Shaziyya, Senior Nursing Supervisor, Employed from 1 July 1992 to present

Silver Performer 2010: Sharafiyya Mohamed, Senior Customer Relations Manager, Employed from 16 September 2000 to present

Silver Performer 2010: Vasanthi Sundhar, Laboratory Technologist, Employed from 16 November 2009 to present

Silver Performer 2010: Nazima Abdul Qani, Senior Administrative Manager, Employed from 15 March 1996 to present

Employee of the Year 2010: Dr. Nuha Abdul Quddoos, Dentist, Employed from 1 November 2009 to present
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Violence in healthcare! How common is it?

October 3, 2011 1 comment

Issue 19: October 2011 – Mariyam Nashrath (Director of Nursing)

Workplace violence (WPV) is of national and international concern and it is recognized as a major occupational hazard for many organizations and employees. WPV refers to incidents in which staff are abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances related to work, involving an explicit or implicit challenge to their safety, well being, or health (Wynne et al., 1997). This problem is especially pronounced within healthcare and nurses are at the front-line of these dangerous situations. The extent of violence within the health care sector has been widely researched, particularly over the past ten years. Research shows that most nurses have been exposed to aggressive or violent behaviour at some point in their career. O’Connell et al., (2000) reported that 95% of nurses in Australian hospitals had encountered verbal aggression several times. In a study conducted by Badger and Mullan (2004) in UK revealed that more than half of the nurses participated in the study had experienced an incident of violence or aggression in the 12 months prior to the study. Violence toward nurses can lead to physical injury, negative effects on personal lives, and debilitating emotional, social, physical and cognitive symptoms. Nurses not only face the immediate threat of physical abuse but also subsequent emotional effects such as fear, anger, anxiety, frustration, helplessness, sadness, low self-esteem and depression (Grenyer et al, 2004). WPV has also been found to have a detrimental effect on nurses’ work performance, contributed to making errors and affected their productivity.

Healthcare organizations cannot control who is being admitted to their hospitals. However, organizations are required to ensure that all efforts have been made to reduce risks of WPV. One way to achieve this is to provide staff working in all areas of the hospital with relevant and up-to-date WPV education and training. Moreover, organizations should be obliged to offer staff emotional and physical support following these events to diminish the negative consequences of WPV.

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V-Care Nurses Club

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Issue 19: October 2011 – V-Care team

Logo of V-Care

V-Care is an initiative taken by the nurses of ADK Hospital. The main objectives of the club are

  1. To improve nursing care by promoting evidence based practice
  2. To conduct awareness programmes for both nurses and patients
  3. To celebrate and commemorate important heath related days and actions such as breastfeeding, HIV/AIDS and so forth

As the main private hospital in Maldives and with the increasing number of clients we believe it’s time that we must do something more than to admit patients and carry out doctor’s orders only.

Thus by conducting awareness programs on a regular basis would promote health and wellness of patients and most importantly revise our knowledge. Additionally as nurses we have come across obscurity of patients who are lacking simple but vital knowledge regarding their disease condition.

Hence it is imperative for us, as nurses to help them in every way we could in order to overcome their difficulties.

In light of the fact that we have more gynecological patients, it is a nursing concern that patients lack the vital knowledge of managing their pregnancy during antenatal and postnatal periods. At the same time since ADK is a baby friendly hospital we would like to avoid the rare times we bring bottles inside the hospital by health education on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding.

Further more for the reason of increased number of patients requiring long-term treatment, it’s essential that we take this into our consideration and conduct more awareness programs in order to educate them on a regular basis.

Therefore we as local staff would like to initiate and form a nurses club within ADK Hospital, which would further improve quality of nursing care based on evidence and with gained knowledge.

As our hospital motto ‘ caring about you, when you need it most!’ It would be our pleasure to aid patients when they need us most.

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WHO Consultants take CME Session for ADK Hospital Staff

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Issue 19: October 2010 – Dr. Ahmed Jamsheed Mohamed (COO)

The visiting WHO consultants in Male’ to conduct training of healthcare providers on dengue diagnosis and management held a special Continuing Medical Education (CME) session for the doctors and nurses of ADK hospital. This was organized with the support from CCHDC and WHO Male’ office. The high incidence of dengue cases in the Maldives and its associated mortality and morbidity gives constant reminders to us on the need for healthcare workers to be vigilant on the disease and be up to date on all aspects of dengue diagnosis and management. The session was found to be highly beneficial and with a huge support from both doctors and nurses.

CME Session for ADK Hospital medical and nursing staff

This is part of the CME programme the hospital plans under its CME Policy, to start and continue on a regular basis helping professionals working in ADK Hospital retain the knowledge and skills they have, acquire new knowledge and develop and increase their skill.

In a fast changing and advancing profession, it is crucial that healthcare providers keep up with advances in medicine and with the changes in the delivery of care. It is equally important that they maintain the knowledge and skill they have gained and continuously work on acquiring new knowledge and skills. ADK Hospital is committed to provide patient-centred quality healthcare services and would continuously work on improving the standard of services provided in the hospital. Quality of services would largely depend on the knowledge, skill and commitment of the employees working in the hospital.

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Employee Recognition

October 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Issue 19: October 2011 – Ahmed Afaal (MD)

Employee of the Year 2010: Dr. Nuha Abdul Guddoos

Employee recognition is not just a nice thing to do for people. Employee recognition is a communication tool that reinforces and rewards the most important outcomes people create for a business. When people are recognized effectively, it reinforces the actions and behaviours that the organization want to see their employees continue to do. An effective employee recognition system is usually simple, immediate and powerfully reinforcing. Thus most organizations seek to develop recognition processes that are equally powerful and impact positively both on the employee and the employer.

ADK Hospital has had a history of employee recognition programmes. In the past, awards were given to people with best attendance and performance. In the more recent time, a new process of employee recognition is introduced. In 2010, a new policy with complete measurement and assessment guidelines, including a very thorough performance appraisal system was introduced. This has been applied since then and based on these criteria, the first set of performers have been recognized and awarded on September 30, 2011. For 2010, the Employee of the Year, 5 Gold Performers and 3 Silver Performers were selected based on their assessments. Congratulations to them and appreciations for their hard work.

Many others were also close to the eligibility, but needed a little extra effort to get there. Perhaps, many more employees will meet the criteria in future and become a challenge to the current winners.

The Employee Performance Awards are given based on an index calculated using the performance appraisal, attendance, punctuality and leave records for the year. In order to be eligible for Employee of the Year, a score of at least 45.75 out of a possible 48.75 is required. For Gold Performance a score of at least 43.75 and for Silver Performance at least 40.75 is required. The top scorer becomes the Employee of the Year and the next 5 Gold Performers and the next 5 Silver Performers. This year 9 employees fulfilled these criteria with 5 Gold Performers and 3 Silver Performers.

The Institute considers the awarding of EPA’s a significant and important part of developing, motivating and retaining staff. Above all it gives due credit to those who reach exceptional standards and hence making the outcomes of the organization efficient and effective.

For those who have achieved the highest standards of and took away the awards, you should take pride in it and make it a duty to mentor those who were not as successful. You should work hard to live up to the standards that you have set and help others to reach those too.

For those who did not reach the award criteria this time, don’t look down on yourselves. You do have the potential and challenge for the awards this coming year and beyond. Set your targets now and show your capacity and surely you will succeed.

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