Bartlett is a community of employees who rely on each other

Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bartlett is a good hospital staffed with good people. I love my job and what I do. The day to day details of my job duties are richly rewarding, as are my relationships with my colleagues, my patients and with the network of community outpatient providers I collaborate and coordinate with regularly.

However, my instinct as a social worker is to "fix" things and to advocate for what is right - which sometimes includes being a voice for those too afraid, intimidated or vulnerable to use theirs. There is a huge disconnect in identifying what it is that is broken at Bartlett.

We are not mere individuals performing autonomous duties; we are a collective group of employees who rely on each other collaboratively to provide the best patient care we can, and if any one employee is working in a fear-based environment, the resulting negative impact can in no way be contained to that one employee. We are a community.

I am a Southeast kid who grew up in Haines and earned my college degree outside of Alaska, but I came back to Alaska because this is where my heart and home is meant to be. I have been a social worker for 19 years now - 17 of them in Juneau and nearly six at Bartlett. I am invested in this community and in this hospital and I'm in it for the long haul. I only hope that we can collectively work together to identify and correct the core issues that, if ignored, will result in the unfortunate loss of not only staff morale but of staff.

Holly Cockerille


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