BYU College of Nursing recently received a gold-level Healthy Department Award from the BYU Wellness Department. The recognition was part of a year-campaign to encourage campus employees to focus on initiatives that supported positive mental and physical health.
The College of Nursing qualified at the highest level as it completed all requirements of the four award criteria: Employee health and well-being, department wellness program (parts 1 and 2), and healthy work culture and employee engagement.
Some of the requirements that promoted employee health and well-being include improving comradery among co-workers, participation in the BYU Wellness Program, and taking a lunch break and other short breaks during the workday to stretch, relax and get water.
As part of the department wellness program, the College of Nursing offered several monthly campaigns to help reduce stress, improve nutrition, and endorse physical activity. One event—the TRYathon—asked employees to try a new fitness interest and post a sign on their office door indicating their hobby; skills ranged from yoga or karate to mountain biking or swimming.
The final area to develop a healthy work culture brought support from Dean Dr. Patricia Ravert and the two associate deans. They worked together to find a balance for each faculty member to ensure that the load for teaching, clinical work, and scholarly works were equalized among employees. Each also helped faculty and staff to collaborate in solving problems, making improvements, setting goals, and exchanging ideas in the college.
Other departments recognized include BYU Broadcasting (bronze), Financial Services (silver), Office of Information Technology (silver), BYU Student Health Center (gold), Human Resource Services (gold), Missionary Training Center (gold), and Physical Facilities Moving Services (gold).