July 14, 2009
Nurses in South Seven Oncology at the Martha Jefferson Hospital recently landed on the cover of Advance for Nurses magazine as the 2009 Best Nursing Team award winner, and it is all because of their teamwork.
"Our nurses and myself really are devoted to the profession and we care about what we do. It takes a special person to be a nurse, and we do love the work," said Setor Dillard, a Nurse Manager.
The South Seven team is used to dealing with very sick patients, which can often be challenging. However, Nurse Manager Setour Dillard says sticking together as a team helps many of the nurses cope with their surroundings.
"It's just easy to get stressed out, so my philosophy and our team philosophy is to support each other and help each other through that. It just makes you get through the day a lot easier," said Dillard.
Not only are the nurses there for each other, many have stepped in to help out in other departments, without being asked.
This teamwork and generosity has helped South Seven win the award.
"The staff has just been excited over it. It's just been a way for them to see publicity and be recognized for the work that they do. They feel like they really do work as a team and they feel like they're the best team, and now we have the title to go along with it," said Dillard.
The nurses in South Seven are not going to stop working hard after this award, however, many say they would like to win it again next year.