Time Management for busy Healthcare Professionals

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How is your work/life balance these days? Did you just snort in total exasperation?! Medical Journals, blogs and my colleagues on the front line of healthcare are increasingly referring to the fact that Healthcare Professionals are at breaking point, burnt out, working harder than ever, doing longer hours but earning less, seeing exasperated patients who have been waiting for longer than usual, often not having enough time to do an examination as thoroughly as they’d like, let alone to do a personalised plan of care or to take on additional challenges like multimorbidity and polypharmacy. I spend a lot of my working week helping people to really examine their time management, so that they can step outside their hurly burly days for an hour or so in the safe space of coaching, see the overall picture, evaluate and refocus so that they live a life of controlled purpose each day.  Regularly, and […]

Career in Practice Nursing Info series (5 of 5)

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Day 5 of our 5 day series of information/coaching inspired posts about a Career in Practice Nursing. Today I challenge you to SWOT it! There is nothing like a good old SWOT analysis to help with clarity on a decision. Get a piece of paper and divide it into four. Label each square as follows: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats – and fill each section in with all the thoughts you have and also include anything that has come up for you during this week’s series. What stands out for you?  What would you like to gather more information on? What would you like to ask us or discuss at the workshop? I hope you have liked this week’s series.  As I mentioned at the start, it’s just a small taste of what will be covered in the workshop so make sure you book your spot before they are all gone. […]

Career in Practice Nursing Info series (4 of 5)

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Day 4 of our 5 day series of information/coaching inspired posts about a Career in Practice Nursing. As promised yesterday, today’s topic is about an issue frequently raised by nurses in all sectors – Managing Conflict Earlier in the series I mentioned conflict at work and I asked you to think about whether it’s this that is the main driver behind a desire to move from your current nursing position.  I also mentioned that this series and the workshops I am co-hosting with Jane Campion have been designed from a neutral standpoint – that is we want to give you all the information you need so that any decision you make on whether to pursue a career in Practice Nursing – or not – is based on facts.  We aren’t going to try to persuade you one way or the other. Ask yourself and be honest with the answer – […]

Career in Practice Nursing Info series (3 of 5)

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Day 3 of our 5 day series of information/coaching inspired posts about a Career in Practice Nursing. What Practice Nurses say. In today’s post, I’m sharing some insights into what Practice Nurses regularly say about their roles and Practice Nursing as a speciality of nursing. I worked in the Practice Nursing world for 15 years so I have heard many Practice Nurses speak about what they love about their job as well as what they don’t like so much, and I thought you’d like to hear a bit of both here. Practice Nurses who report loving their jobs will say that the opportunity to get to know practice populations and whole extended families over months and years is one of the most fulfilling parts of their job. Practice Nurses who aren’t happy usually cite unfavourable Terms and Conditions as the main reason, but it’s important to note that Ts & […]

Career in Practice Nursing Info series (2 of 5)

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Day 2 of our 5 day series of information/coaching inspired posts about a Career in Practice Nursing The topic for today is…What is your personal work preference? Many Practice Nurses love their jobs and remain in post for years, but it’s not for everyone.  If your work preference is to be in the thick of dealing with medical or surgical emergencies, you should acknowledge this, own it and love yourself for it.  If you would prefer to get to know your patients over a longer period of time, it’s important to find a role that serves this purpose and allows you to do this in order to achieve better work fulfilment.  What’s fulfilling for one person will be less so for another, so think about what will help you to feel fulfilled. Here are two questions to think about today and it may help to actually write down the answers: […]

Career in Practice Nursing Info series (1 of 5)

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If you are a nurse in Ireland who has ever considered a move to Practice Nursing, you may have missed the 5 day information and coaching inspired series about this topic on our Facebook page (Aslan Coaching and Training) this week.  So here they are again on this blog, all in one place so you can catch up! This series is not intended to persuade you one way or the other about a move, but it’s designed to get you thinking about whether such a move might be right for you, and the series is just a flavour of what will be covered in upcoming workshops on this topic that I am co-hosting with my friend and colleague Jane Campion on 26th July and 4th October in Dublin. Day 1 of 5 day series of information/coaching inspired posts about a Career in Practice Nursing. So my first question to you is […]

Free self-coaching tool for frontline professionals

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Too often we focus on the negative events of each day.  Frontline professionals often report feeling that they didn’t achieve anything despite rushing around all day. This tool will be useful to healthcare professionals, carers, teachers, fire-fighters, paramedics, police/Gardaí, prison officers – in fact anyone who works on the frontline of serving the public. Everyone who signs up to our mailing list will receive a free tool to brighten up even your worst day.     CLICK HERE to access “I Made a Difference Today“

Resolutions – Motivation vs Commitment

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Everyone is talking about New Year’s resolutions – do you make them or have you given up making them because it just annoys you more that you don’t or can’t follow through? The problem with making a quick resolution in your head on foot of a sudden motivation is that those impulses are fleeting and often triggered by an external stimulus, e.g. you are aware that you have eaten more sugar than you should have over the holidays and now you are bombarded with images of shiny fit muscular models in summer clothes and for a brief moment you think ‘I’d like to be that fit and toned’. Motivation is quite distinct from commitment.  Motivation is fleeting.  You may be motivated to set your alarm earlier tomorrow with the intention of going out running ‘in the brisk air before everyone else is up’ (sounds nice doesn’t it?!), whereas commitment is […]