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Public Speaking

For me, public speaking has been one of the most challenging aspects of my nursing career. I can remember absolutely dreading delivering the nursing handover at the end of the shift, and feeling as though I was fumbling my way through, feeling myself tense, and often...

Nursing assignments: academic writing

Academic writing can be really tricky. There are lots of things that we can do to improve our writing technique and here are a few of my top tips. Before you start writing your assignment, read the marking guide and identify what it is that the examiner wants you to...

Perfectionism

In this time of technology and the increase in convenient living, I have noticed a tendency for people to pressure themselves towards perfectionism. A few weeks ago a colleague was describing how stressed they were in relation to a research project they were...

Kindness: a curse or a gift?

Has anyone ever told you that you are too kind or too nice? How did it make you feel…..? Some weeks ago, a colleague approached me for some advice. He had been involved in a motor vehicle accident and was trying to make sense of what had occurred, who was at...

What the dog saw?

What the dog saw? This often comes out wrong when I say it, but I am going to give it a go anyway! In my mind, I tend to liken the behaviours of patients in a hospital or clinic setting to those of dogs. What I mean by this is that dogs will sit, sleep, and basically...