|Unit logo after becoming FCC.|
In the spring of 2010 it became necessary for our unit to move from one section of the hospital to another, and the opportunity was taken to change our name. Staff members and patients nominated new names for the unit, and three subsequent rounds of voting narrowed our choice of over fifty submitted possibilities down to the one we chose, Female Continuing Care Unit. The hospital administration allowed us to officially change the name; and incorporating numerous staff and patient suggestions for changes in our new space, we partially remodeled the area that became our new home. Both staff and patients seemed to take pride in how we had evolved. Many staff members were involved in planning appropriate, off-campus weekend activities; and there seemed to be in many ways a sense of being a caring family.
- All people make sense all of the time (at least they make sense to themselves) and that everyone deserves our best effort at understanding.
- Sometimes people “speak” with behavior rather than words and still make sense; again, at least to themselves.
- We ourselves might speak and act in similar or even more difficult ways to understand if our lives had taken similar paths.
- Speaking softly and in a kind manner to others can help us arrive at a place of better understanding.
- Really listening with compassion to the concerns, hopes, and dreams of others in order to understand rather than to win an argument or to control them may be the ultimate way to show respect and caring.
- Partial gains are important, and it's important to maintain our patience even when it's hard to do.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., was correct in his assessment that “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
- Our work is about loving as best we know how.