Wellness - individual

How I became a Better Doctor – My Personal Wellness plan

by Melanie Rule Wellness has become a key topic for discussion amongst the healthcare professions in recent years. It is heartening to see that after many years of silence, wellness of healthcare staff is being discussed on social media, conference programs, and every day in the workplace. It seems to have become a buzzword for… Continue reading How I became a Better Doctor – My Personal Wellness plan

Wellness - individual

Daring to lead in medicine (Part 1)

– Bethany Boulton and Charley McNabb She’s the Texan research professor whose TED talk “The Power of Vulnerability” went unexpectedly viral nearly a decade ago. Her other special interest, shame, generally precipitates an uncomfortable rising heat when mentioned in conversation. Furthermore, throughout her research over the last 20 years, she has found - and proven… Continue reading Daring to lead in medicine (Part 1)

Professionalism and performance, Wellness - individual

Incivility hurts

By Dr Ellen Meyns A new day at work.  A new term.  A new clinical year.  The department is buzzing with the nervous energy of a batch of fresh young doctors:  introductions, name badges, talks, tours, expectations.  First cannula, first morphine order, first plaster, first discharge summary.  Proud people will go home tonight and tell… Continue reading Incivility hurts

Trainee perspectives, Wellness - individual

The Alternative Path to Fellowship

By Ben Cohen “I’m finding this very difficult!” I find myself saying in broken Spanish, sitting cross-legged before the Meditation Master.  These are the first words I’ve uttered in days and they ring loudlyin my ears. My friend sits in the row in front of me, also sternly looking at the Master.  We sit on… Continue reading The Alternative Path to Fellowship

Professionalism and performance, Wellness - individual, Wellness - organisational

WRaP EM WRaP Up ACEM Winter Symposium – Te Wero – The Challenge

By Melanie Rule and Bethany Boulton If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that a career in Emergency Medicine is full of challenges. So, Te Wero, the challenge, was an apt theme for the ACEM Winter Symposium in Rotorua this week. Did our New Zealand brothers and sisters rise to the challenge? They… Continue reading WRaP EM WRaP Up ACEM Winter Symposium – Te Wero – The Challenge

Wellness - individual

Wellness Week – Love is a battlefield – By Anna Ballantyne

  'I want to work in emergency to have a rest’ … said no one ever. I have heard the opposite said though, and I’m ok with that. Let’s face it: emergency nursing is hard work, it’s demanding and has been somewhat accurately referred to as a battlefield. This may seem counterintuitive when talking about wellness;… Continue reading Wellness Week – Love is a battlefield – By Anna Ballantyne

Wellness - individual

Wellness week – The Perfect ED – A Nursing Perspective by Katie East, GCH

  I walk from the car park and wait at the traffic lights.  I close my eyes and I bask in that moment of pure sunlight, the warmth of it on my skin, the cool breeze over my face and the peace and tranquillity of that moment.  No beeping of machines, no crying, no one… Continue reading Wellness week – The Perfect ED – A Nursing Perspective by Katie East, GCH

Trainee perspectives, Wellness - individual

“The Best ED in the World” – Forgive Me -By Dan Pitt

  Forgive me ACEM for I have sinned. It has been four hours since my patient arrived and a breach is inevitable. Oh, and I’ve never confessed before. But I need to now. I need to confess that I have been tempted by another. I have faced seduction by a calmer specialty. By the promise… Continue reading “The Best ED in the World” – Forgive Me -By Dan Pitt

Wellness - individual

A flourishing team – by Tona Gillen

Can you remember a time when your working day felt like it was filled with boundless opportunities? Does your working day now feel repetitive and tedious?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could somehow re-capture the exuberance, passion and meaning in our work in healthcare? Resilience has recently become a bit of a platitudinous word… Continue reading A flourishing team – by Tona Gillen

Living and working with chronic illness, Wellness - individual

I Am the One Percent – When the Doctor Becomes the (Infertile) Patient

By Melissa Parsons My fertility journey is not typical.  I have not spent years “trying”.  In fact, I have spent years trying NOT to get pregnant! My husband has two daughters – AND a vasectomy.  So getting pregnant was a known challenge.  Luckily, I like challenges.  We went to an infertility specialist, who told us… Continue reading I Am the One Percent – When the Doctor Becomes the (Infertile) Patient