An expert’s guide to help ‘inoculate’ yourself against burnout

How can you help protect yourself against burnout? According to Dr Tom Buckley, an internationally recognised expert on the impact of stress on human health and wellbeing, there are five factors that can help prevent the rising toll of burnout among healthcare workers. Addressing delegates at the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) National Conference […]

Medical version of “Wordle” delivers fun for a cause

A new medical-focused adaption of the online word game Wordle aims to deliver a dose of ‘levity’ for health professionals throughout a challenging time for the profession, according to one of the game’s co-creators. Titled ‘Meddle’ and created by the University of South Australia (UniSA) Associate Professor Chris Alderman and his son Jonathon, the game […]

EFT tapping for relief from stress and anxiety

Stress, anxiety and a heightened nervous system are common in nurses and all medical professionals.1 Kim McPherson, former RN and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Therapist, discusses EFT Tapping as a tool for nurses to calm the nervous system to release stress and anxiety. EFT Tapping is an evidence-based self-help therapeutic method with over 100 […]

Tips to deal with grief during the pandemic

Losing a loved one is difficult at the best of times, let alone during the COVID-19 pandemic, where social distancing and other restrictions are in place. Given many people are unable to grieve or have contact with a partner, friend or family member during their final moments under current circumstances, psychotherapist and lecturer at Edith […]

Expert advice on ways to keep moving amidst isolation restrictions

Despite these being unprecedented times, we should keep up exercise routines albeit solo says Associate Professor Kevin Netto, a human movement and sports science researcher at Curtin University. “It’s really, really, really important that we maintain our health in these challenging times,” he says. “I’m not going to preach to the converted, but we all […]

6 ways to rejuvenate after a rough shift

It’s been a shocker of a shift. Right now you just want to go home, slip under your doona and shut out the world. But what are some perhaps more helpful ways to deal with the impact of a rough shift? Here are six tips to rejuvenate your mind and body and enable you to […]

Nurses at higher risk of vicarious trauma

Nurses are urged to be aware of the early warning signs of vicarious trauma and how it differs from workplace burnout. Merrin Wake of the Blue Knot Foundation, the National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, spoke to delegates at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) 14th Biennial National Conference in Melbourne this month. […]