The Happy Nurse

The Happy Nurse

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

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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

044: Self-care and A New Healthcare Technology For Nurses With Zara Lord

In this episode, we get to chat with Zara Lord, an ICU Registered Nurse and the founder of uPaged. Zara is shaking up the casual Nursing workforce with her app, uPaged.  A new technology that is specific to the needs of different healthcare organisations and departments, as well as the individual Nurses experience and skill set.   Rostering is a dynamic process.  NUM’s often find themselves juggling and moving staff a bit like a game of Tetris. With the help of uPaged it becomes easier for managers to match nurse’s expertise with different patients and departments.  In this episode Zara and Elaina  chat about the importance of self-care for Nurses, what they’re going through on a daily basis and how uPaged can assist.  Zara also shares what she does to keep herself healthy, both mentally and physically.  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: A Google Map for new opportunities (9:20) Reverse your negative self-belief with the positive (20:01)  The power of gratitude (21:16)  Do a power pose for 2 minutes (22:52) Become the best version of your yourself (24:55)  Success leaves clues (26:33) Indulge in self-care (28:41)  Connect with your inner child (29:37) Recognise your needs (30:53) Love the journey (33:15) Nurse and Midwife Support Number: 1-800-667-877 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
June 14, 2021

043: Don’t Be Afraid To Suck At Something New with Michelle Powell

Are you afraid to suck at something?  Why do we put so much pressure and expectation on ourselves?  The truth is, you are not not alone. As individuals, especially as professionals, we like to feel that we are confident, that we know what we know, and that we can handle everything on our own. The problem is, we become afraid to get out of that bubble.  Children are great reminders that it’s okay to suck at something. They get back up when they fall down and try again.  When we place too much expectations on ourselves we rob ourselves of the joy of the present moment.  During this conversation with Michelle Powell we unpack why it’s better to just go out there, have fun, and realise that it’s okay to suck when doing something new.  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: The biggest killer of joy (8:46)  Don’t be afraid to ask questions (14:25)  Get out of your comfort zone (16:05) Be compassionate with yourself (23:38)  Don’t get caught up by external pressures (25:44)  You are a unique individual (30:35)  Compare yourself to who you were yesterday (31:11)  Focus on the present (35:13)  Explore your expectations (36:03) Why journaling is important (36:20)  Go and have fun (40:15)  Nurse and Midwife Support Number: 1-800-667-877 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
May 31, 2021

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

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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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