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Bringing a smile to COVID nurses

The COVID Nurses Gift Initiative has secured donations worth $74,000 from 22 companies to create gift packs for 800 Alfred Hospital nurses.

Nicole Groch gets ready to prepare the gift packs for nurses.
Nicole Groch gets ready to prepare the gift packs for nurses.

Spare a thought for the nurses in Melbourne’s COVID ICU wards. That’s the message from Nicole Groch, who is determined to put a smile back on the faces of the tireless, selfless frontline nurses at the Alfred Hospital since the beginning of the COVID pandemic.

“The nurses are the ones copping it. They’re there shift after shift after shift in full PPE. They’re the ones that are holding iPads while people are dying to show them their families because the families are not allowed in,” the Melbourne cosmetician told The AJN.

When Groch heard an interview with Michelle Spence, a nursing manager at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, about the challenges facing nurses caring for COVID patients, and heard Premier Daniel Andrews detail their work in a media conference, she decided to take action.

“I was so upset by what she shared and wanted to do something to show our wonderful nurses that we are thinking of them and that we care. I popped a post up on my Facebook page asking if anyone would like to help me do this,” explained Groch.

One of the responses came from Sharon Lowe, founder of the Social Blueprint, and with Lowe’s help, Groch got to work. “Very quickly, my concept picked up momentum. I reached out to a nurse I know that is working at the Alfred Hospital, and heard from her just how hard it is for nurses working with COVID patients. I asked her if she could put me in touch with the right HR person at the Alfred, so I could get permission to give a gift to their nurses.”

The response was positive – and with help from the Social Blueprint, Groch set up the COVID Nurses Gift Initiative.

The project has secured donations worth $74,000 from 22 companies that offer cosmetics and foods that are vegan and obtained free of cruelty to animals, to create gift packs for 800 Alfred Hospital nurses.

Groch also created a music video featuring 45 smiling young children and their special hand-drawn, thank-you posters for the nurses. “Each child hides behind their poster and the next image is them holding it and smiling. Hopefully this will make the nurses smile too,” she said.

Included in the nurses’ gift packs is a postcard with a QR link to watch The Nurses Thank-You Music Video, which has music created especially for it by Aria award-winning composer Josh Abrahams. The video will also be posted by the Social Blueprint and appear on YouTube.

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