The Happy Nurse

The Happy Nurse

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

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042: Empowered Period With Jacqui O'Connor

A period is a natural and healthy part of women’s reproductive health.  However, around the world, period taboos and resource limitations prevent girls and women from managing their periods with dignity.   In this episode, we get to chat with Jacqui O’Connor, a registered nurse, confidence coach, and champion of carers, on empowering women, caregivers, and the carers by acknowledging their bodies.  The human body is an amazing thing. Learning to honour them and what cycle it’s at is so important. Ultimately, losing the taboo around female cycles is one way to honour ourselves and gives us the space to practice better self care.  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Jacqui’s experience with burnout (4:42) Being empowered caregivers (7:18) Cyclical wisdom we are all gifted with (8:25) Connecting to your feminine side (11:10) Women’s bodies are created to create (13:50) Creating space for our mind and body to rest (16:00) Natural healing in the past (19:48) Period products and breaking the taboo (21:14) Why we shouldn’t normalise pain and bleeding (22:35) Empowered period (25:23) Honour the space (27:40) Dealing with toxic environments (31:16) Four phases of how we show up (31:30) Hormone disruptors (32:40) Protecting our energy (34:35) Inspiring our children and being inspired by them (37:33) Setting strong boundaries (41:35) Nurse and Midwife Support Number: 1-800-667-877 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
May 17, 2021

041: Celebrating International Nurses Day with Mark Aitken

Today is International Nurses Day On May 12th each year, we celebrate the contributions of Nurses around the world. In this episode, we speak with Mark Aitken of Nurse & Midwife Support. He shares with us the ways they can give help and support to those who tirelessly and selflessly care for others. Mark shares why nurses and midwives self-care is essential.  As nurses and midwives, your health matters - and what better way to celebrate that than on International Nurses Day? .  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Nurse and Midwife Support (3:59) The importance of self-compassion (6:17) Creating cultures that prioritize self-care (8:05) Having a shared responsibility of nurse’ self-care (9:55) Health and well-being in team meetings (11:15) Counseling skills as part of nursing training (12:37) Listening to learn instead of listening to respond (14:53) Listening to yourself (14:46) Leading with gratitude (16:40) Remaining humble and quieting the ego (17:39) International Day of the Nurse (20:13) Self-care practices (21:17) Developing your own self-care plan (24:00) What is indulgent self-care? (27:50) Self-permission (29:17) Nurse and Midwife Support Number: 1-800-667-877 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
May 11, 2021

040: The Key to Self-Care With Beth Browning

Nurses are the backbone of the health system, always there to care for a stranger as if they were one of their own.  We are so used to helping other people that sometimes we forget to help ourselves.  In this episode, we are joined by Beth Browning, a student in her final year of nursing school. Being the first student guesting on the show, Beth shares her perspectives around her self-care strategies as she starts her career.  In Beth’s journey towards becoming a nurse, she also experienced being on the other side as the patient. At 19 years old, Beth suffered from a stroke. This experience was grounding for her as she was able to see things from a different perspective.  Join us in this episode as Beth shares the lessons she learned from her experience and the key to self-care.  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Beth’s health journey (5:01) Beth’s life-changing event (10:03) The key to self-care (11:35) The importance of having good connections (13:25) Having quality relationships (15:00) Necessary pleasures (17:40) Switching off from the busy mind (18:27) Shifting the mindset to celebrating the small wins (25:00) Why we ruminate on what’s lacking (27:30) Importance of listening to your body and asking for help (31:11) The power of mindfulness meditation (33:00) CONNECT WITH ELAINA MULLERY Connect with me on Instagram and Facebook Connect with me on LinkedIn Subscribe to my Youtube channel
May 5, 2021

039: Trauma Response and How It Shows Up In Our Lives with Michelle Powell

Most of us have some trauma response happening in our life and aren’t even aware of it.  Ask yourself this, when there is something you are fearful of, are you responding from an optimistic point of view or are you responding from fear?  In this episode, we are again joined by Michelle Powell as we dive into trauma response and how it shows up in our lives. We are all hard-wired to survive and choose the path of least resistance. Everybody does it, but the question is, what are you going to do with that knowledge to change things?  When people are stuck in trauma responses, they don’t get to live the life they truly want to have. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: We are all products of our past (3:40) Protecting ourselves from a perceived threat (4:30) Learning to manage our brain and its response to trauma (7:00) The path of least resistance (7:57) Survival instinct (8:35) Trusting others and yourself (18:40) Distrust of self and other people (20:30) Neuro plasticity (24:30) Methods to rewire the brain (26:08) The power of meditation (26:57) Breath work (30:35) Creating a life that gives you happiness and fulfilment (33:27) Areas in our life where trauma responses can play out (39:08) The power of trust (50:46) Operating from trauma responses in relationships (51:30) Vulnerability (52:50) Authentic and vulnerable communication (57:15) CONNECT WITH ELAINA MULLERY Connect with me on Instagram and Facebook Connect with me on LinkedIn Subscribe to my Youtube channel
April 21, 2021

038: Energy Healing with Nicky Schulze

Some healthcare professionals consider Eastern medicine practices like energy healing as “woo-woo.”  However I firmly believe that this type of medicine complements Western healthcare practices.  In this episode, I have a deep conversation with kinesiologist Nicky Schulze about her professional and volunteer work using both Eastern and Western healthcare practices. We also discuss what happens when we tap into our intuition, examples of indulgent self care and the importance of filling our own cup so we can continue to help others. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: What are kinesiology and energy healing? (03:56) Eastern and Western medicine can complement each other (08:02) Allow your non-negotiables to be what they want to be (13:43) Reconnect with nature (15:33) Seek help from experts (18:39) Create a space to tune in to your intuition (19:14) A special story about intuition (23:14) A tip to tap into your intuition (27:15) The connection between the brain and the gut (28:14) Indulgent self care (29:01) The people who inspire you include yourself (34:09) Gaining and sharing knowledge (37:35) Fill your own cup (40:05) CONNECT WITH ELAINA MULLERY Connect with me on Instagram and Facebook Connect with me on LinkedIn Subscribe to my Youtube channel
April 5, 2021

037: Sustaining the Health of Nurses with Kay Reynoldson

As someone who recruits healthcare professionals, Kay Reynoldson knows nurses give a lot of themselves to their profession. Sometimes, nurses give so much that they burn out. In this episode I talk with Kay about her self care practice, award winning business, self care issues her clients have discussed with her and her thoughts on how to make nursing a better and more sustainable profession.
March 23, 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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