Friday 1st October 2010
NSWNA Branches across the State are setting up Workplace Campaign Committees to promote the safe staffing campaign to the wider community.
For our campaign for mandated nurse-to-patient ratios to succeed, we need the support of the wider public. One way to co-ordinate your efforts in reaching your local community is to set up a Workplace Campaign Committee (WCC).
Members at Bankstown Hospital set up their WCC a few weeks ago and already have an event planned to coincide with Walk to Work Day on 1 October. Walk the Block will see WCC and other members walk around the street at lunch-time, handing out NSWNA leaflets on the safe patient care campaign to the public. State MP Alan Ashton is already on board and will be joining members on the walk.
At a Branch meeting, five members from different departments in the hospital volunteered to be on the committee, and each one was designated a specific task. For example, one person is a dedicated media spokesperson, another is creating a flyer to advertise the Walk the Block event.
At the first meeting committee members engaged in what’s known as community mapping: identifying influential people in the local community who would support the campaign. These range from local journalists, church leaders, aged care groups, councillors and MPs.
Marika Seremetkoska, CNE, is the WCC co-ordinator and is creating a database of members keen to be involved in helping the committee.
‘There are 500 members at Bankstown. Each of the five WCC members has agreed to approach 100 members in our different departments, give them 10 leaflets each and ask them to letterbox them in their street. This means 5,000 leaflets will be delivered,’ Marika told The Lamp.
It’s this teamwork that is essential to a successful WCC, Marika stressed. ‘You only need to commit about half an hour a week. It’s quite easy to set up – you’ll be surprised how easy – and it’s not very time-consuming either, as long as there is a lot of teamwork involved and everyone pitches in,’ she said.
The WCC at Bankstown meets every two to three weeks to report back and plan future strategies.
‘It’s a fantastic way of getting publicity for the campaign and to let the local community know what it’s about,’ said Marika.