The Happy Nurse

The Happy Nurse

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

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026: Love and Human Connection with Christina Foxwell

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.” John Lennon says it beautifully.  At the end of the day, what we want as human beings is genuine connection, to be seen and heard. In this episode, we speak with Christina Foxwell of Ignite Purpose. Her vision is to change the way we engage people in business because people are central to the work we do, and without purpose we can’t live our best lives. We also delve into the power of vulnerability and authenticity to create genuine connections. Ultimately, that sense of belonging is up to you. Others cannot make you feel like you belong. You have to connect to your own self worth and do the inner work. Your power-up battery of who you are is not necessarily reliant on others but on your authentic self. When we grow, reflect, and learn about who we are and how we show up, we are then able to shift into a life of purpose and live the life we are proud of. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Change starts with ourselves (5:00) It starts and ends with you (5:45) We think we have no choice during overwhelm (6:20) Change is uncomfortable but worth it (7:30) Reflecting on how you can better yourself (8:10) Putting yourself out there (9:43) Getting gritty (9:55) Compassion fatigue (13:29) We judge as soon as we feel uncomfortable (17:25) Shame in parenting (2:25) Carrying your shame into parenthood (20:50) Setting boundaries (29:09) You can’t expect others to change (31:00) Having your own back (34:30) The oxytocin in your brain when you are being loved (35:22) Belonging relies on yourself (36:55) No single person is the same (38:00) A different version of you exists in everyone’s mind (38:24) Making space for someone (38:48) Children as our teachers (46:30) Our belonging is birthed from inside (47:13)
October 26, 2020

025: Self Care Beyond Alcohol with Rebecca Weller

Being a nurse means learning to cope with stress. For many of us, it’s so easy to reach for a glass of wine (or two!) when we need to deal or escape from the stress of caring and giving so much of ourselves to other people. We also have to deal with peer pressure and a society that somehow makes you feel like you’re less of a person if you stop drinking alcohol. But, guess what? It’s okay if you don’t drink. In this episode, bestselling author and health coach Rebecca Weller talks about her journey towards sobriety. She shares inspiring nuggets of wisdom about creating non-negotiable barriers for self care, the importance of taking a break, overcoming the anxiety and fears associated with sobriety, choosing the right people to surround yourself with, strategies to build a better relationship with yourself, and how your journey back to yourself changes before and after sobriety. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Introducing Rebecca Weller (02:36) Non-negotiable self care practice: start slowly and no devices in the bedroom (04:55) You take on the information and opinion you see on social media (07:27) Have media breaks even though it can be terrifying (08:10) Indulgent self care: time (12:09) Come back to yourself and sit in the quietness (14:12) Self care is even more crucial when you are giving and caring for someone else (14:55) Why am I so afraid to slow down, take a break, and rest? (16:10) Who or what inspires you to be the best version of yourself? (16:45) Sobriety is like personal development on steroids (17:44) “You become the average of the people you spend the most time with” (19:04) “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future” (19:40) Strategies to change your mindset towards alcohol (20:57) Tips to develop self care (24:07) The “Crowding Out” strategy to develop new habits (25:16) Turn it into a game (26:39) Rebuild self worth, self respect and self trust (27:09) The slow process of learning more and seeing how it feels (28:33) 2020 has made people think about self care and little addictions (30:12) Self care is the journey back to yourself and who you really are (32:25) For full show notes and links visit:
October 19, 2020

024: The Anxiety Relief Handbook with Lauren Bell

When anxiety and overwhelm take over, you can feel so powerless and feel like there’s little that you can do to control your mind and body.  Although anxiety does have physical and mental effects on our body and, although you can’t just will it away, there are certain tools and steps that you can take to overcome and handle anxiety. Lauren and I are 2 of the 12 authors who are contributing to the Anxiety Relief Handbook. In this episode, we delve into the tools that we use to handle and deal with anxiety and overwhelm at work.  Anxiety is always present in our lives, to some degree. But the more you face anxiety instead of run from it, the more you grow both as a professional and an individual.  For full show notes and links visit: (
October 12, 2020

023: Core Values with Michelle Powell

Your core values are your GPS coordinates that guide you on your journey in life. Through these values, you are more aligned to get to your end goal. The better you know what your values are, the easier you can live in alignment with them. It is also through these values that one is able to traverse the challenges life throws at us with more grace and resilience.  In this episode, we are joined once again by Michelle Powell and we unpack the importance of core values and why living and constantly refining them greatly affects who we are today. As we continue to evolve as individuals, our core values evolve and change as well. People who know their core values by heart are able to show up as their true and authentic self and live a more meaningful life.  What are your core values? TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Humans need connection and community (4:05)  Finding your tribe (4:25) Having a sense of understanding and compassion with your tribe (5:09) Our different personas (6:14) Exploring our different selves (7:20) Childhood plays a huge part of your adolescence (8:00) Values and belief from our childhood (8:40) Code of conduct as our inner blueprint (9:00) Picking up mannerisms and beliefs from our environment (9:35) Nature vs Nurture (9:50) Parents’ impact on our lives and values (10:17) Beliefs and values are learned and adapted (10:58) Being someone different for different people (11:46) Having space to invite the right people by being who you truly are (12:13) Surrounding yourself with like-minded people (13:21) Your core values are your GPS coordinates (14:51) Honouring what’s true for you and understanding yourself  (17:48) There’s no such thing as right or wrong for everyone (18:09) The biggest killer of joy (18:50) All judgements are unmet needs (21:00) Self-exploration (22:20) Setting standards for yourself (27:15) Authenticity and being real (28:35) Having the courage to be authentic (29:30) Compassion for self (30:31) Keywords as reminders of your core values (37:15) You aren’t everyone’s cup of tea (42:00) The danger of people-pleasing (44:00) Self-sabotaging yourself when you don’t allow yourself to be who you truly are (45:10) Knowing your partner’s love language (50:12) Having true and real conversations (54:35)
October 5, 2020

022: The Nursing App for Self-Care with Athol Hann

Nurses have been in the frontline since the start of the pandemic. It is in our nature to give to others and put others first which is why burnout among nurses has seen a rise in numbers in the recent months. In this episode, we are joined by Clinical Emergency Nurse turned entrepreneur, Athol Hann whose mission is to prevent burnout in the healthcare industry. He shares with us the app he created to help nurses and healthcare professionals enhance their well-being.  Inspired by his own experience of burnout, Athol’s aim is for healthcare professionals to take better care of themselves so that they can show up as the best versions of themselves and give the best care to their patients.  As nurses, we must remember to offer the same compassion that we so freely give our patients.  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Running away from burnout (4:40) Having friends who look out for you (5:48) Not addressing our stress can lead to burnout (5:55) Cognitive behavioural therapy (8:29) Getting enough rest as part of self-care (9:42) The importance of getting out in nature (11:5) Spending time with your loved ones (15:00) Self care is unique to everyone (15:19) Financial responsibility of healthcare professionals (16:55) Salary-tracking app features (18:00) Nursing app for self-care (19:22) Bringing the team together through the app (20:11) Journaling (21:56) Time-management for nurses (23:09) Writing down our triggers (24:04) Recognizing our patterns (24:39) Fight, Flight, Flee response (25:48) Recognizing overwhelm to avoid burnout (27:08) Acknowledgment that it’s okay to feel low (28:40) Getting inspiration from your colleagues (31:44) Not being too hard on yourself (33:29) Talking to a friend or loved one to help release stress (33:50) The power of compassionate ears (34:10) Fill your cup: Offer yourself that same compassion you offer your patients (35:36) Mediation (36:45)
September 28, 2020

021: From Employee To Entrepreneur with Samantha Riley

What do you truly want your life to look like?  The pandemic has given people the space to stop and take this time to think about what it is they really want to do in life. This may not only be from a career or job perspective, but in a personal perspective as well.  Maybe you’ve realised you want to spend more quality time with your family.  Or maybe you’re looking for more choice and freedom with how you spend your time and energy. In this episode, Samantha Riley shares the benefits of creating your own business, how having a business can give you more freedom and stability, and have the chance to do work that matters in the world.  By sharing your expertise, not only are you creating fulfillment for yourself, but changing other people’s lives and creating a ripple of impact. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Reverse engineering your desired life (5:15) Having time to re-set (7:40) Indulgent self-care isn’t selfish (9:20) Addressing all 5 aspects of self-care (11:18) Life is different now and we have to live differently (12:44) Giving yourself permission to show up as the best version of yourself (14:45) Allowing yourself to blossom (15:25) Parents as entrepreneurs (15:50) Having the ability to put things in place (17:14) Wanting to be the superheroes as moms (18:18) Too afraid to take the risk of entrepreneurship (20:20) Having a business can give you more freedom (21:25) Being clear about where you’re heading (22:40) Your zone of genius (22:47) The KEEP Principle for starting a business (23:25) Pursuing your dreams (25:05) Doing work that really matters (25:25) The catalyst for change (26:25) Is there such a thing as a stable job? (27:50) Consistently showing up (30:26) Getting caught on the path to burnout (33:43) RESOURCES MENTIONED Download your free copy of Employee to Empowered Entrepreneur at ( In this free guide you’ll discover the 3 biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make that have them failing or just surviving, instead of thriving.
September 22, 2020

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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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