The Happy Nurse

The Happy Nurse

Elaina Mullery promotes self-care strategies to her fellow nurses and healthcare workers.

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050: Unpacking Body Image Issues Part 2 with Michelle Powell

We’ve finally hit episode 50! I’m beyond excited to celebrate this milestone and what better way to do so by having back on the show one of our regular guests, Michelle Powell.  We recorded an episode a couple of months ago around body image which was very well received. However, it was such a big topic that we were not really able to get to the bottom of what body image can encompass.  So today, we’re back to unpack concepts of the perfect body image that the media and everyone else bombard us with. From this, we’ll tackle how we should course through our body image issues. We cannot emphasise enough that our bodies carry our stories. Whatever milestones we go through in life, our bodies are there to change, age and transform with us.  You’ve got to be the change that you want to see in the world and it starts with embracing, loving and accepting your own work of art - which is your body. Join me in this episode as Michelle shares valuable insights on body image, it’s portrayal in media, and why it's crucial to stop comparing and start celebrating whatever body type you have.  Stay tuned next March for season 2 of The Happy Nurse! TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: The portrayal of the perfect body image by the media (4:52) Seeking external validation (7:10) Body image is not just a female issue (09:35) Elaina and Michelle’s journey with body image (11:09) Why cosmetic surgery should be backed by psychological assessment (17:40) The taboo on women’s cycle (29:25) How we feel about our bodies impacts our life (33:10) Dealing with our insecurities (37:30) Embrace your authenticity (39:24) RESOURCES MENTIONED Episode 45 - Body Image Issues with Michelle Powell Episode 42 - Empowered Period with Jacqui O’Connor CONNECT WITH MICHELLE POWELL Click Here to download your free copy of The 10 Foundations of Wellness Connect with Michelle on Facebook Connect with Michelle on Instagram Connect with Michell on Youtube CONNECT WITH ELAINA MULLERY Connect with me on Instagram and Facebook Connect with me on LinkedIn Subscribe to my Youtube channel For more information got to:
September 6, 2021

049: How to Break-Away From the Corporate Rat Race with Mark Bramwell

We’ve all been deceived by the belief that success is about getting more.  As a result, we have developed an endless pursuit to have more and more, only to find out that many of the things we chase don’t always lead to a stress-free life but sometimes, the exact opposite. Unfortunately for many, it leads to being stuck in the corporate rat race. In this episode, I’m joined by Mark Bramwell, the author of the book, That’s Bullshit: Stop drowning under stress-inducing advice and a relentless pursuit of more. In his book, Mark breaks down what’s really important in life and how we can achieve personal satisfaction. Do you want to free yourself from the corporate rat-race and from a lot of bullshit that’s happening around your work and life?  Join me in this episode as Mark shares valuable insights from his book, That’s Bullshit. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: How That’s Bullshit started (8:00) Find what works for you (11:20) Identifying and removing bullshit (18:37) Get a sense of your journey (26:15) Focus on becoming the best version of yourself (28:04) Create a goals board for giving (33:57)  It’s about being present (39:08)  Get balance (50:20)  RESOURCES MENTIONED BramwellSolutions That’s Bullshit! by Mark Bramwell Start With Why by Simon Sinek  CONNECT WITH MARK BRAMWELL Connect with Mark on Facebook Connect with Mark on Twitter Connect with Mark on LinkedIn CONNECT WITH ELAINA MULLERY Connect with me on Instagram and Facebook Connect with me on LinkedIn Subscribe to my Youtube channel For more information got to:
August 23, 2021

048: Burnout In A Time Of Exhaustion With Kenny Gibson

It’s no surprise that Nurses and healthcare Practitioners are battling burnout and mental health issues now more than ever. Burnout in itself is becoming a pandemic.   This episode’s guest is Kenny Gibson, National Head of Safeguarding at NHS England. Kenny shares how we as nurses and healthcare practitioners can overcome burnout in a time of exhaustion. He shares what it takes to become a positive disruptor in today’s disruptive world to ensure that Nurses and healthcare practitioners are doing everything they can to prevent burnout and mental health issues. Life will continue to bring us rain and thunderstorms. Remember, it’s up to you to bring your own weather and create your own sunshine.  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Kenny’s career journey (3:06) Negative impact of the Angel Hero Persona as nurses (10:00) Co-dependence with our nurses (11:10) Post-traumatic resilience-based supervision (15:18) There are more things that connect us than disconnects us (24:40) Bring your own weather and create your own sunshine (30:20) Be a positive disruptor (32:25) Burnout in a time where we are all exhausted (33:26) Nurses’ compassion burnout and fatigue (37:15) The importance of family (42:55)
August 9, 2021

047: What Professional Anxiety Looks Like with Lauren Bell

Anxiety is more prevalent in the nursing workforce than we realise. Unfortunately, It looks like it has increased due to the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.    Nurses often work 10 to 12-hour shifts (sometimes longer with enforced overtime) which in itself can induce a lot of stress within our bodies. Moreover, many nurses face trauma on a regular basis and often feel undervalued. All of these factors contribute to our anxiety levels.    In this episode, I speak with Lauren Bell, a registered nurse for over 35 years and a wellness and wealth coach. We unpack professional anxiety in the nursing space and how we can address it.   We are facilitating an online professional workshop to “release professional anxiety and Unleash your happy nurse.” Join us via zoom on Saturday 14th August 0930-1630 AEST.  Register at TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: How stress affects us (2:43)  Peace is contagious (4:40) Acknowledge how you feel (9:25)  Take deep belly breaths (12:11)  Shake your body (13:01)  Get out into nature (18:23)  It’s okay to say NO (21:59)  Self compassion (27:54) Higher acuity, higher fear (33:28)  Recognize your value (36:03)   RESOURCES MENTIONED The Anxiety Relief Handbook  Unleash Your Happy Nurse CONNECT WITH LAUREN BELL Connect with Lauren on Facebook and Instagram Connect with Lauren on LinkedIn CONNECT WITH ELAINA MULLERY Connect with me on Instagram and Facebook Connect with me on LinkedIn Subscribe to my Youtube channel
July 26, 2021

046: Male Burnout – The Elephant In The Room With Darrel Griffin

Burnout is a phenomenon that has been in the nursing space for years, and it continues to grow. Unfortunately, burnout isn't talked about openly and has become the elephant in the room for a long time. Having experienced burnout twice, it has been my mission to reduce burnout among nurses. I know for a fact the kind of workplace stresses we nurses face on a daily basis.  In this episode, I’m joined by Darrel Griffin. Darrel is the co-host of Burnout Bros, a peer support community for men in business who are affected by burnout. Although Darrel is not a nurse, I got him onboard because there’s a huge population of male nurses that needs to hear this topic. Men in particular are more reluctant to talk about this topic because of the shame and stigma surrounding mental health. There’s no other way to address this problem but to talk about it openly. I love this conversation with Darrel. Having dealt with burnout myself, it has become my mission to help nurses around the world deal and overcome burnout in any way possible.  If you’re experiencing burnout, this is for you. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: The elephant in the room (5:30) A hundred year issue (9:15) Define your success (11:23) Smoke and mirrors (13:56) Driving towards something we cannot tame (16:14) Teach kids to express (20:28) Dads are products of their upbringing (22:41) What burnout looks like (28:25) Burnout in the health sector (36:58) Go back to self care (46:11) Know who you are (48:15) Nurse and Midwife Support Number: 1-800-667-877 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
July 12, 2021

045: Body Image Issues With Michelle Powell

BODY IMAGE. At some point or another most of the population struggle with their body image in some capacity. I haven’t met someone to this day who doesn’t have any hang-ups with their body.  Personally, I have battled with my body image for a very long time.  In episode 39, I spoke with Michelle about trauma response and how this can show up in our bodies. I also  shared where my body issues came from. I have been overwhelmed with so much support since I shared my experience on this taboo topic.  That’s why Michelle and I decided to focus this entire episode on body image issues because we know this topic resonates with so many of you.  Body image issues are a complex problem because it impacts people in astronomical ways and oftentimes it holds a lot of people back. I believe, It’s time to put an end to body image issues and for us to stop buying into the media that’s feeding billion dollar industries through our fears and insecurities.  If you have hang ups about your body, you’re not alone.  Listen to my conversation with Michelle as we share our personal stories and how we overcame our own negative body image issues and how Michelle overcame her eating disorder. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: My personal story (6:44) Accepting the shifts and changes (11:56) Love your body (13:13) The billion dollar industry (16:52) Michelle’s personal journey (18:09) The turning point (28:15) Change your thinking (37:08) Becoming the change (41:17) Be the best version of yourself (54:22) The impact of stress in the body (58:34) Nurse and Midwife Support Number: 1-800-667-877 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
June 28, 2021

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The Happy Nurse

Nurses are the backbones of the health system, always there to care for a stranger as if they were on their own. Forsaking special moments with their own families to ensure that other families ' loved ones are being cared for. Compassion fatigue, stress, and burnout are on the rise in healthcare workers. Self-care has never been so important.
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Elaina Mullery RN

Elaina Mullery RN

Elaina Mullery, RN studied nursing at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. She spent the first ten years of her career in Scotland before moving to Perth, Australia in 2010. Her clinical experience has been across a variety of settings including Orthopaedic Trauma, Operating Room, Endoscopy, Recovery and Day Surgery. She currently works in PACU.

Elaina has the first-hand experience of stress and burnout. It was this experience that led her to develop a passion for personal development. She has a diploma in Mindfulness and Meditation, and she is a certified hypnotherapist and a certified NLP Practitioner.

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