My First Podcast

My first podcast has been released by Nurse & Midwife Support to coincide with RUOK Day.  It’s about suicide and nurses and mental health and social media and stuff. You can access it by clicking here, or on the picture below, or go straight to the platform of your choice: SoundCloud + Apple + Spotify + PodLink […]

Saint Dymphna and The Zombies – a mental health nurse’s perspective

On Friday 19 June 2020 I presented “Saint Dymphna and The Zombies – a mental health nurse’s perspective” at the James Cook University/Cairns Hospital Ground Rounds virtually (ie: via zoom). The session was initially scheduled to coincide with the Feast Day of Saint Dymphna – 15 May. However, the COVID-19/coronavirus thing put paid to any semblance […]

Clean Hands. Clear Head.

Part 1. Clean Hands. Clear Head. “Clean Hands. Clear Head.” is an animation of a mindfulness script that distills the content of my 2016 blog post “Hand Hygiene and Mindful Moments” into a short (less than 2 minutes) video. The voice part was recorded on an iPhone at a hospital sink #authentic. The visuals were […]

Protecting Nurses and Patients

Q: What do wearing gloves, using lifting machines, legislating ratios and clinical supervision have in common? A: They’re all measures that protect nurses and their patients.  Gloves Back in ye olde days when I started nursing (the 1980s) the concept of “universal precautions” was introduced (source). In short, suddenly all body fluids were to be […]

Self Care: Surviving emotionally taxing work environments

The nature of nursing will mean that we are likely to be are exposed to a range of challenges. It’s not unusual for nurses to witness aggression, feel unsafe, have first-hand exposure to other people’s tragedies, and to deal with the physical and emotional outcomes of trauma. This emotionally taxing environment can be pretty stressful. […]

Snow White, Complex Trauma and Twitter

On Tuesday 4th December 2018 Naomi Halpern’s workshop “Working with Complex Trauma: The Snow White Model” was delivered at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. I was amongst the small group of mental health nurses and social workers who joined the workshop via videoconference from Cairns Hospital. Here are my notes/tweets: 1. Hi ho, Hi […]

Perinatal Mental Health Workshop Links + Resources 2018

When you’re doing education sessions, it’s handy to have the links/resources in one place. It makes info much easier to share. This is a quick and dirty updated and cutdown version of a 2014 blog post called Perinatal Mental Health Workshop Links and Resources. Anyway, with no further ado: Mental Health Care in the Perinatal Period: […]

#WeNurses Twitter Chat re Communication and Compassion

On 21st December 2012 (Cairns time) nurses from the United Kingdom and Australia came together on Twitter using the #WeNurses hashtag. The planned Twitter chat was used to discuss issues raised by the much-publicised death of a nursing colleague – Jacintha Saldanha. This curated version of the Twitter chat demonstrates nurses using social media in a constructive […]

@WePublicHeath

For the week Monday 27th January to Sunday 2nd February 2014 I was able to use the @WePublicHealth Twitter handle, thanks to the generosity of Melissa Sweet (aka @croakeyblog). Here’s what happened: 1. This week the @WePublicHealth reins have been handed to Paul McNamara (@meta4RN Nurse. Educator. Digital Citizen.). Good morning from Cairns — #IDMHRT18 (@WePublicHealth) […]

First Thyself

First Thyself – Surviving Emotionally Taxing Work Environments On 28th April 2017 I’ll be presenting a session at the Ausmed “Breaking Point: Ice & Methamphetamine Conference” in Cairns. More info about the conference here: https://www.ausmed.com.au/course/ice-methamphetamine#overview The nature of nursing will mean that we are likely to be are exposed to a range of challenges. Feeling […]