High Performance Nursing with Liam Caswell is a podcast that will help you thrive in navigating all aspects of your personal and professional development as a nurse and health professional. Join Liam and the community of #highperformancenurses in our mission to create a psychologically safe working environment for nurses to thrive within their careers! If you are a AIN, Student Nurse, New Grad or a seasoned nurse, High Performance nursing will meet all your nursing development needs with a big dose of the giggles along the way - welcome!
Self compassion with The Happy Nurse
This week on HPN Liam chats with The Happy Nurse Elaina Mullery, listen as they both share their personal experiences with stress and burnout having both experienced it twice in their careers. Elaina explains how getting external help from a therapist who helped her understand Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ignited a passion in her for personal development that ultimately led to the birth of The Happy Nurse.
We hear about the power of self awareness and self reflection, and how really it comes down to the compassion element we have for ourselves, the ability to be our own best friend versus listening to the inner critic that makes all the difference.
Elaina also tells us about an amazing coaching tool that is so quick and easy to implement into our life when the inner critic starts to really ramp up and that they key to recognising overwhelm stage can actually help you avoid burnout.
For any nurse who has teetered on the edge of stress, overwhelm, fatigue and exhaustion this one is for you!
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Insights from completing Brené Brown's Dare To Lead Workshop
Liam shares with us his learnings after attending a Brené Brown workshop on leadership. He shares his personal insights around adapting the takeaways to the healthcare industry and highlights the need for more vulnerability and courageous leadership. Pointing out that work cultures that don't shame or blame are often more inclusive, effective and have better outcomes.
Liam shares that the definition of vulnerability focuses on 3 key components; risk, uncertainty and emotional exposure and that embracing the suck actually makes for a more flexible and authentic leader. He explores that part of being a great leader is the ability to have the hard conversations in real time and that embracing failure in all it's forms is actually a healthy path of progress and change in the workplace.
He also poses two great questions for you to ponder...
How authentic are you in leadership?
How sustainable is it?
If you have ever wanted to work on your leadership skills this is the episode for you!
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International Public Health (Fiji) with Darisha Datt (Fiji Cancer Society)
Crossing international waters we chat with Darisha Datt, Program Manager at the Fiji Cancer Society in this episode of HPN to highlight the underpinning public health has on the work nurses do and of course the different paths you can take with your nursing career. With 12 years experience in the Public Health sector as Program Manager Darisha's core focuses are on cancer prevention and cancer care support.
Liam's internship at Medical Services Pacific in Fiji where he met Darisha opened his eyes to the astounding difference between first and third world Public Health systems.... not only are they shatteringly under resourced but the impact that not being able to care properly for patients has on the medical professionals working on the frontline demonstrates just how much we take for granted in a well funded health system.
Darisha shares with us the challenge of trying to provide healthcare without things as simple as adult incontinence pads, stoma bags or even access to enough medication such as panadol,, highlighting the fundamental things that should be supplied by the ministry but just aren't.
An eye opening chat you don't want to miss!
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Emergency Medicine and using NLP in clinical practice
In this episode of the HPN podcast Liam chats with Dr Bhushan Joshi, not only one of the most senior doctors in a busy Sydney ED department but also Founder of the Australian Association for LBGTQI Doctors + Dentists. This fascinating chat illuminates the way Dr Bhushan intertwines his knowledge of NLP to improve not only his patient outcomes but also his interpersonal relationships + depth of life outside of medicine. He attributes his life outside of work as the grounding to excel in his high intensity career + shares with us what being vulnerable as a senior clinician can accomplish within the work place.
Dr Bhushan drops multiple pearls of wisdom for effective, authentic + holistic leadership whilst pointing out a massive reframe for those big, tricky emergencies that plague the ED. He shows us what moving through the conscious/unconscious cycle to mastery can look + feel like for ultimate mastery plus gives us the things he is doing to uplift workplace culture + improve staff wellbeing.
You don't want to miss this one!
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Solo episode: Navigating your nursing job search
Listen to the most powerful episode of HPN yet as Liam shares his real time experience searching for a new nursing job after moving interstate. He talks to the pressure felt as he embarks on this process + how identifying what he wants from a new job role really helps him stay focused.
He shares with us how he busts through his limiting beliefs as they play havoc on his psyche, really unpacking Imposter Syndrome + describing his process for moving through this so that he can get comfortable being uncomfortable. Liam breaks down his real life experience for us about how to translate clinical experience into a non clinical role or vice versa, giving you the questions you really need to ask yourself when writing your CV + cover letter.
Liam shines a light on the role ego plays when navigating your nursing job search, asking you to reflect on making meaning out of things + explains the difference between seeking unhealthy validation + healthy co-regulation.
This really is an episode full of golden nuggets for those looking for new roles, starting out in their career or looking to move sectors, with value delivered sentence after sentence this episode feels like a 1:1 coaching session with Liam!
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The bullying and harrassment nursing pandemic with Tammy Copley
This is perhaps one of the most important episodes for HPN to date... Liam chats with Tammy Copley an extraordinary skilful leader with a heart as big as her selfless vision. Listen as we dive deep into the bullying culture alarmingly common in the nursing and midwifery culture, as Tammy starts off by giving us the context of her vast and esteemed career.
Tammy tells us how the Nurses and Midwives against bullying Facebook page was born and her thoughts on why bullying has become so commonplace, sharing a frightening statistic that says nurses and midwives are four times more likely than the general population to die by suicide.
She dissects with Liam how bullying has become so rife and what to do if you're feeling like you are potentially being bullied at work, giving practical tips and advice on how to identify it by explaining the difference ways bullying can occur.
An episode not to be missed!
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