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 unsafe, witnessing violence, tragedy and dealing with trauma are some examples.
This emotionally taxing environment can result in tension with colleagues, family and friends.
This session will begin day two of the conference by creating an opportunity to discuss the following:
What are the professional implications of working in challenging areas of nursing and healthcare?
How can we maintain unconditional positive regard?
Why self-care matters and how to practice what we preach!
What’s all this then?
“First Thyself” is planned as an interactive session accompanied by visual cues to give the discussion a bit of structure. Consequently, the transcript/dialogue of the presentation can not be included here. The visual presentation itself doesn’t use powerpoint slides. It uses the prettier (and free!) platform Prezi instead: prezi.com/skmu0lbnmkm5/first-thyself/#
This page serves as a one-stop directory to the online resources used to support the discussion.
I’m recycling and combining a lot of old ideas for the session (there’s that self-plagiarist vs groovy remix of favourite old songs thing again).
Here is the online presentation: Prezi
Here are the resources and references used in the presentation:
Emotional Aftershocks (the story of Fire Extinguisher Guy & Nursing Ring Theory) meta4RN.com/aftershocks
Football, Nursing and Clinical Supervision (re validating protected time for reflection and skill rehearsal) meta4RN.com/footy
Hand Hygiene and Mindful Moments (re insitu self-care strategies) meta4RN.com/hygiene
Lalochezia (getting sweary doesn’t necessarily mean getting abusive) meta4RN.com/lalochezia
Nurse & Midwife Support nmsupport.org.au phone 1800 667 877
– we have specifically targeted 24/7 confidential support available
Nurses, Midwives, Medical Practitioners, Suicide and Stigma (re the alarming toll of those who undertake emotional labour) meta4RN.com/stigma
Nurturing the Nurturers (the Pit Head Baths and clinical supervision stories) meta4RN.com/nurturers
Spector, P., Zhiqing, Z. & Che, X. (2014) Nurse exposure to physical and nonphysical violence, bullying, and sexual harassment: A quantitative review. International Journal of Nursing Studies. Vol 50(1), pp 72-84. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020748913000357
Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance (a reframing of reducing aggression) meta4RN.com/zero
Please have a play with the pretty Prezi prezi.com/skmu0lbnmkm5/first-thyself/#
Thanks for visiting. As always your comments are welcome.
Paul McNamara, 30 March 2017
Short URL: meta4RN.com/thyself