November 4, 2016

Wilkie and Wark: RVH wellness and fashion night

Mark your calendars, ladies. Renfrew Victoria Hospital is inviting you to bring your favourite gal pals for a night of fashion and fun.

Fashion expert Erica Wark will be in town on November 4 to share her tips and style advice complete with a fashion show at Gem Hall in Groves Park Lodge.

She will follow an exclusive presentation for local nursing professionals.

RVH is committed to being a positive influence in caring for its staff, as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO).

With that in mind, RVH’s Erin Prentice has helped to organize this special event primarily to shine a light on preventing and mitigating nurse fatigue and reenergizing all of those involved in patient care.

Over the past 36 years of nursing, Prentice knows that caring for others, and regularly dealing with loss and suffering can become overwhelming. It also leaves her colleagues lost or compartmentalizing all they see and do in a day’s work.

“We stop taking care of ourselves and continue to put others first; smiling and carrying on as though we are unscathed from our daily events in the workplace. It is time for us to turn the table and look at our lives from home, work and community. We need to look after ourselves,” she states.

“This will be an informative night for me and my co-workers, but also a very fun night out for our community,” notes Prentice.

She has arranged to have Renfrew native Lois Wilkie offer her professional advice and strategies to the medical care staff. Wilkie has worked in healthcare since 1984 and is a strong advocate for making mental health a priority. She is now a practising psychotherapist and individual and family counsellor.

Her approach utilizes a variety of research-based psychotherapy techniques as well as meditation, visualization and laughter yoga. All have shown to have an impact on the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression addictions, interpersonal and workplace conflict and chronic pain.

The doors will open for the second portion of the evening to feature Wark, a nationally recognized stylist and TV personality (who also happens to be Wilkie’s niece).

“While there will be help for my friends to make them look forward to changing out of their scrubs, our goal is to help women of all ages feel good and look good and not have to spend a fortune,” explains Prentice. “We could all use a little coaxing to step out of the box and love our changing bodies and express our true personalities.”

Tickets for Erica Wark are expected to sell out quickly. Contact the RVH Foundation office on the main level or call (613) 432-4851 ext. 261.

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