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A broad range of topics are shared from shift work, work cultures, self-care, budgeting and so much more as well.

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Being Self Sacrificing Without Losing Your Self Worth

Being Self Sacrificing Without Losing Your Self Worth

Once I was working a morning shift as an agency nurse, a few nurses and myself were sent to lunch for our breaks. I remember a young nurse who seemed really excited, she was sitting at a table away from the main group of ward nurses She was happy because the day...

3 Awesome Superpowers That All Nurses Have

3 Awesome Superpowers That All Nurses Have

These 3 superpowers that all nurses have are definitely developed very early in our careers especially after gaining some experience in healthcare. With all that nurses are exposed to at work, we learn to identify situations and using these superpowers helps us with...

7 Practical Areas Of Wellness For Nurses

7 Practical Areas Of Wellness For Nurses

Nurses often forget to recognise wellbeing as individuals, involving self care is essential especially as the life of nursing is busy and at times exhausting. Outside of work at home some nurses have family as the main priority and some nurses have to meet other...

87 Roles In Nursing That Are Unique

87 Roles In Nursing That Are Unique

On Pinterest I regularly make pins on different topics about nursing, recently I’ve been making them for a board titled ‘Who’s Your Nurse?’, its about different roles in nursing. As I was making the pins it was becoming more obvious that I knew that there are heaps of...

3 Common Types Of Bullying In The Workplace

3 Common Types Of Bullying In The Workplace

Unfortunately many nurses will be familiar with some sort of bullying, it can impact anyone in any stage of their career from students, graduate nurses and established nurses of all levels may have experienced some sort of harassment or bullyingThe environment that...

7 Nursing Questions From ChatGPT – The AI Revolution

7 Nursing Questions From ChatGPT – The AI Revolution

Google is normally the best place to search for information on the internet especially to get some answers to any questions that we may have now there is ChatGPT, a new place to go to find information on the Internet Disclaimer- This blog post has answers that are...

15 Hilarious Nurse Memes, All In A Days Work

15 Hilarious Nurse Memes, All In A Days Work

Here is a collection of 15 hilarious nurse memes, showing the day in the life of a hospital based nurse through memes - 1. Oh No, The Night Nurses Aren’t Looking Happy -    When you walk into work for a morning shift and you see the night shift nurses faces, plus the...

3 Benefits Of Working Part Time For Nurses

3 Benefits Of Working Part Time For Nurses

It’s not just in healthcare but in many industries it seems the way we work is changing, in the past it was ‘normal’ to have a full time job as a nurse and on top of that many nurses also worked with an agency to pick up an extra shift now and then. Thinking about it...

How Nursing Inspired Me To Become A Blogger

How Nursing Inspired Me To Become A Blogger

When I was deciding to start a blog I took a moment to pause and thought about the everyday work we do, its amazing because we meet so many people and some of these times stay with us by becoming memories, especially when we have cared for others we see the...

5 Ways To Find New Career Opportunities

5 Ways To Find New Career Opportunities

Moving through our careers as nurses there are times where we may start exploring new job roles or just be looking for a new career in nursing altogether. To find new opportunities and to move into the career that you want can be done by connecting with future...

Defining Your Own Career As A Nurse

Defining Your Own Career As A Nurse

Before starting a career as a nurse we have an idea of what we think nursing is, we go on to study with formal education to learn the work that forms this professional role. Eventually once all of our studying has finished and as new nurses we step into our first...

The Benefits Of Taking Your Breaks At Work

The Benefits Of Taking Your Breaks At Work

Sometimes it’s not possible to take a break at work, we do try to avoid working through the whole shift yet the workload or the responsibilities on a nurse may mean we keep delaying the breaks until before we know it the end of the shift has arrivedThis can happen...

How To Give Feedback – Aussie Nurse

How To Give Feedback – Aussie Nurse

Many years ago I remember once working a shift that was after hours and there was a nurse who was upset. A misunderstanding regarding how care was to be delivered had happened, a senior nurse decided to send out a global e-mail to all the nurses on the ward about the...

The Wonderful World Of Food On The Television

The Wonderful World Of Food On The Television

This happens often after patients are admitted into hospital, they ask why they are not in a private room? Unfortunately they become a little unsure why they haven’t received what they are promised beforehandI try by explaining that on television or wherever...

Vindictiveness In Healthcare

Vindictiveness In Healthcare

We all know that any work day as a nurse can present itself with so many demands and pressures that can challenge our ability to cope. Somehow we constantly solve problems we didn’t see coming and at the end of the day we do complete all of our work, even if it felt...

NSW Work Conditions & Differences In Nursing

NSW Work Conditions & Differences In Nursing

It’s Tuesday the 15th February 2022, this morning I’m watching the news and on the screen its showing nurses in New South Wales (NSW) who have began a strike for 24 hours, they are striking over pay rates and nurse to patient ratio levelsThe COVID-19 pandemic has put...

Ageing in a world of technology

Ageing in a world of technology

    On the television we see advertisements of technological devices connecting different generations, the image on the TV screen is of a grandparent who is usually some distance away and with A digital device they tell bedtime stories to their grandkids   This...

5 Top Tips To Improve Productivity (Part 3 of 3)

5 Top Tips To Improve Productivity (Part 3 of 3)

Productivity crosses into many different areas of our lives including work, study and our personal lives too. This blog is the third and last piece in a series of three blogs that have covered productivity and the processes that make a difference on an everyday basis...

2 Principles Of Productivity For Nurses (Part 2 of 3)

2 Principles Of Productivity For Nurses (Part 2 of 3)

To start the journey of making improvements and being productive it takes doing some upfront work The aim is to master your time and reduce the amount of effort that it takes to complete any task, it starts by identifying your priorities that are important to you and...

What Does Being Productive Mean? (Part 1 of 3)

What Does Being Productive Mean? (Part 1 of 3)

Productivity is about determining how to manage life in a better way on an everyday basis, that is more efficient   Productivity is beneficial to complementing work-life balance as it is easy to be caught at times where we are rushing to complete tasks at the...

Mind-Body Connections During Lockdowns

Mind-Body Connections During Lockdowns

I’m writing this blog on a day where the whole of Victoria is entering into its 6th lockdown, many areas in New South Wales are also in a hard lockdown with numbers not easing at the moment Each state has had some kind of restrictions in place, mind you for the last...

Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole

Mary was a healer, traveller and had an entrepreneur side to her as well, she famously is known for setting up the 'British Hotel' during the Crimean War. Also an achievement she gained posthumously was an award of the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991 and in 2004 Mary...

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern nursing, her body of work was large and included social reforms, plus she was a statistician too. During the Crimea War Florence worked in a military hospital in Scutari, Turkey she was involved with managing of...

Gayle’s Law – Remote Outback Nursing

Gayle’s Law – Remote Outback Nursing

Gayle Woodford was a primary health care nurse who was working in a remote outback area in South Australia and her employer was not required to ensure nurses were accompanied on after hours call outs. In 2016 when responding to a person who needed help Gayle was...

Living Through Intermittent Lockdowns – Burn Out

Living Through Intermittent Lockdowns – Burn Out

  I was just away in my thoughts, World wide how many people have been in contact with a Nurse in the past year and half? We’ve touched so many peoples lives, also many of these individuals would not have seen the nurses full face as they are wearing a face mask...

Wellness For Nurses In Healthcare

Wellness For Nurses In Healthcare

Due to Covid-19 we are in a world that is vastly different, when lockdowns are put in place the levels of stress that is felt becomes acute. Even though lately there has been some offering of space to breathe here in Australia as numbers of people with Covid-19 has...

Climate Change In Healthcare

Climate Change In Healthcare

Anyone working in the different healthcare facilities and caring for individuals with Covid-19 in the last year would have noticed how much PPE was being used, the demand came from infection control measures which without a doubt needed to be strong.   On a few...

8 Traits of Great Nurses

8 Traits of Great Nurses

Sometimes it seems as though nursing involves a person to go on a journey, we all start as students who are excited and curious, then the next stage is becoming a qualified nurse   Once a new nurse becomes a graduate and is working, we see them transfer the...

15 Ideas of Side Hustles for Nurses

15 Ideas of Side Hustles for Nurses

Recently many nurses have shared their insights into side hustles, nursing remains their core job yet they use side hustles to earn extra money to reduce the stressors of living pay cheque to pay chequeThese days we all know someone who has a side hustle and this got...

3 Short Stories Of Being In Hospital

3 Short Stories Of Being In Hospital

When I was walking into work the other day I thought- nursing takes us on a journey. We meet people when they didn’t know they were going to come into hospital as a patient, there are so many variables in life - who knows what is going to happen next?  When a...

Taking The Next Step From Ward Nursing To Education

Taking The Next Step From Ward Nursing To Education

Over a year ago I completed further study, this came after many years of working on the wards may be more than anything I was in my comfort zone with work, it was time to challenge myselfThe course I decided to complete was the Certificate IV in Training and...

4 Common Assumptions Of Nursing

4 Common Assumptions Of Nursing

In nursing there are some assumptions that are not a true reflection of what we do, these presumptions may come from a lens that is an unintentional understanding of what nursing really is.   Although statements that are randomly said to nurses can have an impact...

Why Is It So Hard To Seek Support?

Why Is It So Hard To Seek Support?

Having a strong support system within work has many benefits of overall health and wellbeing which includes having fulfilment within the work environment. Knowing this, having positive coping skills as an individual is important, yet it is actually really hard to...

Friendships Formed At Work

Friendships Formed At Work

Having friendships at work makes us feel more connected, it goes beyond just being co-workers as we can share so much with one another. Workplace friendships are positive when there is the sharing of experiences, openness of giving honest feedback or even at times...

3 Work Tips To Get The Best Out Of Any Shift

3 Work Tips To Get The Best Out Of Any Shift

  When there is great deal to do on a busy shift, with the added time pressures and the work load that just keeps growing. The work absorbs all of our attention and concentration, it feels never ending.  I was thinking of realistic tips that I have picked up over...

The Year That Was 2020 – Aussie Nurse

The Year That Was 2020 – Aussie Nurse

2020 - A year that made us afraid, it has taken us courage to face the day to day with a virus that demanded so much. As what was offered was crazy real, we had to accept things as they were - 2020 came and changed us in testing waysThe freedoms of not living with...

Nursing As A Profession – Aussie Nurse

Nursing As A Profession – Aussie Nurse

When meeting someone for the first time, they often ask me- what I do for a career? - I go on to tell them I am a Nurse It’s bizarre how often I get asked if the characters on television shows are true to the healthcare profession, these questions seem to be from a...

Serendipitious Discoveries In Healthcare

Serendipitious Discoveries In Healthcare

The word “serendipity” is from a Persian fairy tale- 'The Three Princes of Serendip'. While travelling the three princes were known to have adventures which included making accidental discoveries even when they were not looking for themScience as a discipline is...

10 Famous Nursing Quotes

10 Famous Nursing Quotes

A sharing of a quote in conversation can make us think more deeper about a subject and sometimes we may even choose to live by a quote that is inspirational to us. Here are 10 quotes that are from a wonderful range of people that may be inspirational to nurses- ...

Reflection An Outstanding Tool For Nurses

Reflection An Outstanding Tool For Nurses

Sometimes at work so many things happen in a day and all the things we have done can become a blur. After the shift is over, getting home to our everyday lives is busy and it doesn’t give much room to digest and acknowledge all the things that have happened in the...

Making Beds During Covid-19

Making Beds During Covid-19

The whole state of Victoria has been placed into different stages of restrictions and Melbourne which is normally a fast paced city with everyone chasing the ‘rat race’, has become a little unfamiliar. The slow down is with the lockdowns and during curfew hours the...

5 Ways To Manage Money

5 Ways To Manage Money

When life’s ‘up’s & down’s’ randomly happen- like the car breaking down and needing repair, the need for a new laptop when it stops working or even worse getting a ticket for going through the traffic lights that were changing so quickly to red- unfortunately it...

Lifelong Learning As A Nurse

Lifelong Learning As A Nurse

On the path to become an Enrolled nurse, Registered nurse or a Midwife, each role must complete formal education to first learn theory in class and than foundational skills on placements that lead to employment in the future  After practising in nursing for some...

5 Superstitions In Nursing

5 Superstitions In Nursing

Rafael “Rafa” Nadal is a professional tennis player who has set of actions that form his ritual during a game of tennis, his level of competitiveness is speculator to watch.  Nadal’s ritual’s are always on open display-  “It is something you start to do that is like a...

Nurses as Role Models

Nurses as Role Models

Once during the start of a shift, I was listening to hand-over it was being given by an experienced nurse who was radiating loads of confidence. The atmosphere in the hand-over room was relaxed....   From first observations I knew this person was actually someone...

4 Reasons Why Twitter Is Useful For Nurses

4 Reasons Why Twitter Is Useful For Nurses

For years, the nurses most practical tool has been the pen ask any nurse that keeps losing their pen at work, its such a pain to find a new one. One pen has endless possibilities with language and for communicating with others but another powerful tool that everyone...

Taking Mini-Breaks

Taking Mini-Breaks

With winter now in full swing in Australia and with Coronavirus without a doubt impacting everyones way of life, there is a general consensus that the progression of this year has felt strangeMaybe as Einstein famously quoted “Time is relative”- the current reference...

Mean Nurses

Mean Nurses

I remember once I was early to work, so i went to the break room where I saw another nurse and we started to chat, we were having a laugh about our weekend over a pleasant coffee, when a senior nurse walked into the room ....The vibe just changed instantly and I knew...

Reflections On The Colour Of My Skin

Reflections On The Colour Of My Skin

There has been some civil unrest in parts of the world, protesters are coming together and standing in unison in many countries, whilst watching this on the news we see many vivid visual scenes and the stories brought forward will never leave meNursing is a job where...

Team Work

Team Work

  Team work reminds me of Rugby, the specific team I’m thinking about is the All Blacks   In the game of rugby a team has many players who each has a specific part to play, everyone on the team has their eye on the rugby ball and is aiming for the same outcome-...

Kindness & Gratitude

Kindness & Gratitude

At this time restrictions for Coronavirus are starting to be lifted around Australia, its a wonderful feeling knowing that we can finally meet up with people that are familiar to us. Having a gap and not seeing other people for a long time has left me reflecting about...

Male Nurses

Male Nurses

Nursing is seen as a female dominated occupation but looking back in history before the development of modern nursing, males were prominent carers of others. Here in Australia currently the total percentage of males who are working as nurses in the workforce is 11%....

Humour In Nursing

Humour In Nursing

Nurses humour is the best We are known to talk freely about subjects that might not always be appropriate these subjects of humour are usually about a funny random occurrence or just even about poop, it just helps to de-escalate a bit of stress. Nurses do have a...

The Quarantine Life

The Quarantine Life

The first two days of isolation was productive but at about day 4/5 of isolation my emotions turned I was in a constant state of sadness, I was so tired and there was an inner feeling of numbness. I think I started to realise what was happening and there was a rush of...

Things I’m Missing in 2020

Things I’m Missing in 2020

2020 has certainly not started the way anyone would have hoped for, what seemed to be an isolated health crisis in China in a short period time has had a rapid spread of the virus across the globe. It has now become a major health crisis and triggering a global...

Covid 19- March 2020

Covid 19- March 2020

There is so much uncertainty around the world with the COVID-19 pandemic. The current events we're hearing almost don't sound real, like we're living in a weird movie, it's just wild    As we’re currently living this, Covid- 19 is effecting every single person in...

Workplace Stress and Burnout

Workplace Stress and Burnout

My days off work were just fabulous, I could breathe and felt recharged. But when the days off were over and I had to return back to work, I would get in the car and slowly my hands clenched the steering wheel tighter and tighter, the grip got overwhelming. I had to...

What I like about being a Nurse

What I like about being a Nurse

I started off trying to define the role of a nurse, but after not being successful I realised this actually isn't simple. So I changed direction and started to think about what I like about nursing.  Why is it important to define nursing?  Health and social care...

Nurse Researchers and Research Nurses on Twitter

Nurse Researchers and Research Nurses on Twitter

Like any other day, I was drinking my morning coffee pondering about the world, Deep in my thoughts I was questioning why I haven't ever had access to nurses in other fields, which led me to post this on Twitter -         I didn't think much more...

WorkSafe Conference October 2019

WorkSafe Conference October 2019

During October I attended WorkSafes Victoria Conference held in Melbourne, it was apart of Health and Safety Month I felt it was important to attend this conference after myself having a workplace injury, plus I have met and learn't since that many more people, have...

Personal Development and Taking Care Of Ourselves

Personal Development and Taking Care Of Ourselves

As nurses, we are naturally compassionate and provide care for our patients when they may be at their most vulnerable, we put our patients first. Often in the workplace we may forget about our own needs, most likely due to the nature of the day being busy. Nurses are...

Taking Care With My Money

Taking Care With My Money

Money Management- Having a job and working as a as a nurse can be rewarding at times, but one way we are rewarded for our work is that we receive payment through financial income. Money is ‘something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a...

Introduction To Being A Casual Nurse

Introduction To Being A Casual Nurse

What is a casual nurse? A casual nurse is someone that fills in the gaps within staffing where a health facility may not have enough nurses working, this can happen for a few different reasons. A casual nurse may be from any speciality within nursing and can have the...

Night Shift- Why Do You Rob Me Of My Sleep?

Night Shift- Why Do You Rob Me Of My Sleep?

When working night shifts staying awake all night isn’t easy, at times you can feel the eyes becoming heavy and it feels as though there is a force that is just pulling and urging you to fall asleep. ‘Hitting the wall’ in the early hours of the morning is the worst....

Travelling As A Nurse

Travelling As A Nurse

I was just reminiscing on why I decided to move to Australia and how useful it was to have nursing as a career, as it has allowed me to combine both travelling and working at the same time. At first, it was about the sense of adventure, Australia was a new place and I...

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