2020 is the year of the Nurse and Midwife and the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
Real Nurse Podcast shares nurses stories about all things nursing, giving other nurses an opportunity to learn from each other and to share the fantastic work that nurses do every day with the wider public. If you enjoyed listening and would like to know more about me and the coaching work that I do visit my website evastorey.com and sign up for my news letter.
Grace's story is one of my favourites so far! Grace is a student nurse studying to become a registered nurse. Her journey into nursing was inspired by a condition that she was born with as a premature 26-week old baby. Her love of human biology is testament to the great person-centred care that she received from her Paediatric team who educated and involved Grace about her condition with age-appropriate education throughout her childhood. Grace talks about her experience as a young 17-year-old studying to become an enrolled nurse and some of the challenges that she faced.
Grace had a three-week volunteer placement in Nepal, Katmandu, which she describes as "a shining star experience."
Her story illustrates that despite her young age she is a natural educator with fantastic critical thinking and project management skills and there are many examples in her story that illustrate these skills. Grace was awarded the New Columbo Grant and Award from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a result of her volunteering experience in Nepal. Her story is truly inspiring and I have no doubt that Grace will continue to give back and contribute her time and skills, making a difference to everyone she meets. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.
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Athol grew up on a dairy farm and never dreamed of becoming a nurse. He had a love of anatomy and human biology and thought that he was going to study exercise science. His Grandmother suggested Nursing to him and the rest is history as they say!
In this episode we talk about Athol's nursing journey, men in nursing, his struggles with burnout and how understanding his 'why' helped him to recover from burnout and resume his nursing career after three years of pain and turmoil. Athol's story is a great example of how seeking to understand who you are as a person and what drives you to become a nurse and making wise choices for yourself rather than what others might expect of you can help you to grow as a nurse and learn to deal with the challenges of nursing.
Athol has put his experience of burnout to positive use by developing the FWards App which is designed to help busy nurses overcome stress.
If you are struggling with Burnout and need someone to talk to contact the Nurse and midwife support national hotline confidential support for nurses and midwives.
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In this episode, I interview Nic who is a nurse and an entrepreneur. Nic runs her own business helping nurses who are new to a management role by offering training and support and is a passionate advocate in helping nurses to transition from a clinical to a leadership role.
Nic talks about her journey into nursing which was heavily influenced by her Dad dying when she was 13 and an acknowledgement that she didn't know what she was signing up for and how she went through a catharsis about what nursing was and what nursing is.
This is a fun interview with Nic and fun and humour was central to a lot of what we talked about.
If you are a nurse manager then this episode is for you and is jam-packed with takeaways!
Nic also shares candidly some of her struggles in her transition from a clinically proficient theatre nurse to a nurse manager in a leadership role. We talk about imposter syndrome and feeling a fraud and the elastic band of guilt that pulls nurse managers back to the floor. We also talk about the Xfactor of leadership that makes nurses want to stay in their job. We talk about Conflict but through a positive lens, tribal camaraderie, toxic positivity, mentorship and so much more.
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This is a fabulous interview with Jacquie who started her nursing career wanting to make a difference to the care of pregnant women by becoming a midwife. Jacquie describes her career path as a spiders web with many twists and turns, seizing opportunities as they arose and always learning from the opportunities that presented themselves. Jacquie gives an honest account of some of the struggles in her career and how she learnt to be a better leader. Jacquie passionately believes that partnerships are the key to changing culture and that "culture changes culture". Jacquie has evolved to be a fantastic people leader and loves to get out on the floor growing, nurturing and connecting with people. Her philosophy of paying it forward by encouraging her staff to look out for each other is a great one to live by. Jacquie's team are very lucky to have such a fabulous role model and leader.
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It was a real pleasure to Interview Jamie about his nursing career for this episode. I learnt about the Losada Ratio which is something I didn't know before interviewing Jamie! Jamie is a passionate advocate for creating positivity at work as a leader and in his life generally. By his own admission studying positive outcomes has taken up his brain space over the last few years. Jamie has had a diverse nursing career to date. He came into nursing after volunteering in Malawi aged 18 and being inspired by hearing the stories from the Doctors who worked for Médecins Sans Frontières. Jamie shares some insightful tips for Grad nurses and talks about the importance of mentoring. Jamie is a secret musician at heart and in the early days of his training, this was what he wanted to do. There are so many takeaways for the listener in this interview my biggest takeaway is that positivity is infectious!
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In this episode, I interview Wes who works in the emergency department in Resus. Wes started his nursing career more by accident than planning. He began a business degree and then realised that he hated numbers! He enrolled on a nursing degree course as a way to get into radiology and after one year was hooked on becoming a nurse. Through a series of personal events in his life, it took Wes 5 years to complete his nurse training.
Wes qualified as a registered nurse at the end of 2018 and like many newly qualified nurses in Australia, he struggled to get a graduate placement. There are always more graduates than there are placements and Wes describes how he used LinkedIn as a way of connecting to a Nurse Unit Manager on LinkedIn and how connecting led him to secure a graduate position.
We cover a range of topics from how to deal with traumatic events, debrief both formally and informally, nurses and social media, tips for staying resilient, nursing as a gendered profession, and public perception around gendered roles in health care.
Wes is passionate about helping new nurses starting out on their career. He has developed a series of articles to help newly qualified nurses set themselves up for success and he can be found on LinkedIn as Wesley Woodborne.
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