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Critical 2 Your Success

Critical 2 Your Success

By Rachael Parke

A podcast by Dr. Rachael Parke. This is the podcast where I talk to critical care nurses, allied healthcare team members, researchers and academics about what has been Critical to their Success.

Contact us: critical2success@gmail.com
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Episode 29 – Tom Buckley – What is it like to be a nurse-patient?
Episode 29 – Tom Buckley – What is it like to be a nurse-patient?
In this podcast Tom and I discuss what it is like, as a nurse, to be a patient in the ICU and how this has led him to research this experience.  To participate in an online survey to understand the experiences and challenges of caring for a healthcare professional-patient, and the challenges of being a nurse-patient in a hospital setting use this link https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=33R43LK3JRND93HK
01:04:17
July 21, 2022
Episode 28 - Amy Best - "Humanising the bedspace and the patient" - Seeing the person behind the illness
Episode 28 - Amy Best - "Humanising the bedspace and the patient" - Seeing the person behind the illness
In this podcast, Amy and I discuss how long term patients needs differ significantly to other ICU patients, the importance of individualising care and ways to provide meaningful education for nursing staff caring for this unique patient cohort in the ICU. 
01:01:27
November 09, 2021
Episode 27 – Elizabeth Scruth – It will be a different world with a different way of doing things.
Episode 27 – Elizabeth Scruth – It will be a different world with a different way of doing things.
In this podcast we talk about tele critical care and the e-ICU and her experience of living in the United States during COVID-19.
56:45
September 13, 2021
Episode 26 – Claire Minton – I now have hope and I know I can get better.
Episode 26 – Claire Minton – I now have hope and I know I can get better.
In this podcast Claire and I talk about what it’s like to be a long term patient in the intensive care unit and what we as nurses should think about and do. We also hear what it is like to be a relative in the ICU.
58:35
July 25, 2021
Episode 25 – Gemma Aburn Being a Work Family – we’re all in this together.
Episode 25 – Gemma Aburn Being a Work Family – we’re all in this together.
In this podcast we talk about paediatric oncology and palliative care services in Aotearoa New Zealand and Gemma’s doctoral studies around being a work family, looking at resilience in staff working in children's blood and cancer services in Aotearoa/New Zealand. If you would like to read some of her work here are the titles of a couple of her papers: Aburn GE, Hoare K, Gott M. “We are all a family” Staff Experiences of Working in Children’s Blood and Cancer Centers in New Zealand—A Constructivist Grounded Theory. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. April 2021. Aburn GE, Gott M, Hoare K. Experiences of an insider researcher - interviewing your own colleagues. Nurse Res. 2021 Jun 17 Aburn, G., Gott, M. & Hoare, K. (2016) What is resilience? An Integrative Review of the empirical literature. Journal of Advanced Nursing 72( 5), 980– 1000
41:00
June 21, 2021
Episode 24 – Bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment amongst Intensive Care Unit nurses in Australia and New Zealand study.
Episode 24 – Bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment amongst Intensive Care Unit nurses in Australia and New Zealand study.
In this podcast I describe the background, rationale and methods for this study and then talk with some of my co-investigators who will tell you why they are involved in this project and why they see it as important. If you are an ICU nurse or ex-ICU nurse and live in Australia or New Zealand, please follow this link to access more information and to participate in the study https://auckland.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ifFmVXnrT4Kmiy   If this study has caused you distress or you need further help, please contact any of the following: New Zealand Need to Talk? Call or text 1737 Samaritans 0800726666 Lifeline Aotearoa 0800 543 354 or text message 4357 The Human Rights Commission, New Zealand. For more information or to make a complaint under the Human Rights Act call Infoline on 0800 496 7877 (toll free) Australia Lifeline Australia 13 11 14 or text message 0477 13 11 14 Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 The Australian Human Rights Commission. General enquiries: 1300 369 711. Hours are 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM AEST Police or Ambulance Dial 000 in Australia, dial 111 in New Zealand
01:02:12
May 03, 2021
Episode 23 – Iris Fontanilla – “Being OK with what I’ve done today is good enough”
Episode 23 – Iris Fontanilla – “Being OK with what I’ve done today is good enough”
 Listen while I talk to Iris Fontanilla, Health psychologist from Auckland New Zealand. Some of the support Iris mentions includes: The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/ Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor. Lifeline 0800 543 354 or (09) 522 2999 Free text 4357 (HELP) Youthline 0800 376 633 Samaritans 0800 726 666 https://depression.org.nz/
01:11:53
February 07, 2021
Episode 22 – Kimberley Haines – “That realisation that you’re not alone – engaging with ICU survivors”
Episode 22 – Kimberley Haines – “That realisation that you’re not alone – engaging with ICU survivors”
Listen while I talk to Kimberley Haines, Physiotherapy Research Lead and Senior Critical Care Physiotherapist at Western Health, Melbourne, Australia.
01:12:52
December 21, 2020
Episode 21 – Alison Pirret – “Wanting to make that little bit of difference is always important”
Episode 21 – Alison Pirret – “Wanting to make that little bit of difference is always important”
Listen while I talk to Alison Pirret, Nurse Practitioner within the ICU outreach service, Critical Care Complex, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland.
01:10:46
November 25, 2020
Episode 20 – Andrea Marshall – “Support and connectedness may help people to engage”
Episode 20 – Andrea Marshall – “Support and connectedness may help people to engage”
Listen while I talk to Andrea Marshall Professor of Acute and Complex Care Nursing at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University and Editor-in-Chief Australian Critical Care. @AndreaM_au
01:20:56
October 21, 2020
Episode 19 – Naomi Hammond and Brett Abbenbroek – “The Magnitude and Experience of Sepsis”
Episode 19 – Naomi Hammond and Brett Abbenbroek – “The Magnitude and Experience of Sepsis”
Listen while I talk to Naomi Hammond and Brett Abbenbroek both Critical Care nurses who work at the George Institute in Sydney, Australia. This podcast was recorded to mark World Sepsis Day 2020. You can find more information on the Australian Sepsis Network at https://www.australiansepsisnetwork.net.au/and on Twitter @sepsisAU
01:26:03
September 12, 2020
Episode 18 – Andrew Jull – “Be Ready for Opportunities”
Episode 18 – Andrew Jull – “Be Ready for Opportunities”
Listen while I talk to Andrew Jull. Professor Andrew Jull is a registered nurse and clinical epidemiologist at the University of Auckland’s School of Nursing as well as Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Health Innovation.  Follow him on Twitter @1CommonReader
01:12:28
July 26, 2020
Episode 17 – Adele Ferguson – “If you have the basics right and work together as a team anything is possible”
Episode 17 – Adele Ferguson – “If you have the basics right and work together as a team anything is possible”
Listen while I talk to Adele Ferguson a Nurse Educator in both Intensive care and the Emergency department at Whakatane Hospital, a small rural community in the Eastern Bay of Plenty here in New Zealand. Twitter: @adeleeducator
58:52
June 14, 2020
Episode 16 – Christina Whitehead – “We must understand what the problems are first and then we can try and solve them”
Episode 16 – Christina Whitehead – “We must understand what the problems are first and then we can try and solve them”
Listen while I talk to Christina Whitehead a Research Clinical Nurse Consultant from Nepean Hospital ICU. She is also a PhD candidate exploring the integration of genomics into mainstream nursing clinical practice. Twitter: @GenomicsNurse
01:11:17
May 17, 2020
Episode 15 – Simone Hannah Clark – “I hope some change will come out of this”
Episode 15 – Simone Hannah Clark – “I hope some change will come out of this”
In this episode we talk about the realities of caring for COVID-19 patients in her ICU; how it really sucks; how she and her team are looking out for each other in these challenging times and how she hopes that some positive change will come out of this. Simone is a Kiwi ICU nurse at Mt Sinai Hospital New York. Simone wrote “An ICU Nurse’s Coronavirus Diary” published in the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-icu-nurse.htmlan insightful and through provoking piece. Follow her on Twitter @kiwi_yankee
46:12
April 17, 2020
 Episode 14 – The Westie Book Club Episode Pt. 2 – “There is a wealth of opportunity in ICU”
Episode 14 – The Westie Book Club Episode Pt. 2 – “There is a wealth of opportunity in ICU”
In this episode we talk about assessing the state of play in the ICU; what we think Florence Nightingale might be proud of; empathy; how nurses are bloody minded and make a difference to patients and outcomes; putting yourself in the patients or families shoes; advice we would give to new ICU nurses, registrars or consultants; how healthy debate can lead to innovation and whether or not we would do it all again!
57:32
April 05, 2020
Episode 13 – The Westie Book Club Episode Pt. 1 – “Over 140 years of ICU experience”
Episode 13 – The Westie Book Club Episode Pt. 1 – “Over 140 years of ICU experience”
This is episode #13 recorded in January 2020 and today I bring you something different! I invited four of my best friends to sit down and have a chat. Between us as you will hear we have over 140 years of ICU experience… we think! We have all worked together and 20 or so years ago became the Westie Book club. I wasn’t sure how chaotic this was going to be but knew that with the experience of these amazing nurses there would be a few gems! So, on a hot summer’s day we sat down and over a couple of glasses of sangria and some delicious snacks we talked about the support and collegiality of ICU; the importance of empathy; the team environment in ICU and how polarising it can be; the importance of acknowledging how tough ICU work is; our passion for nursing and the importance of remembering what it is like to be new to ICU. Now this podcast actually was recorded over two hours – we couldn’t stop talking!! – so rather than you have to sit through two hours in one go, I have split this into two episodes. So you’ll have to come back next time to listen to the next half!
01:12:30
March 02, 2020
Episode 12 – Ann Doran – “It is never a good thing when a child dies but we can make it bearable”
Episode 12 – Ann Doran – “It is never a good thing when a child dies but we can make it bearable”
In this episode, Ann and I talk about how her various roles in the paediatric intensive care; her volunteer missions to Fiji undertaking paediatric cardiac surgery; the PICU bereavement service; the importance of making death as bearable as possible for families; how to care not only for families and children at the end of life but also for our colleagues and the importance of gratitude and quiet.
01:06:19
February 02, 2020
 Episode 11: Julia Slark - "Now is my time to Make Change – How Can I Influence Truly and Meaningfully?”
Episode 11: Julia Slark - "Now is my time to Make Change – How Can I Influence Truly and Meaningfully?”
In this episode, Julia and I talk about how she was born to be a nurse; her career trajectory so far; the importance of learning and growing along the way and seeking out opportunities; fundamentals of nursing care; the importance of building networks and collaborations and how an academic career is tough and demanding but worth it both for ourselves and our patients.
01:06:11
January 06, 2020
Episode 10: Nic Gini - "Be resilient; refresh yourself; be relevant"
Episode 10: Nic Gini - "Be resilient; refresh yourself; be relevant"
In this episode, Nic and I talk about her journey from new graduate in the ICU to nurse unit manager. Of the importance of putting the child and family first – and how this can be applied in an adult ICU; strategies for maintaining open communication when your staff is so large and diverse; succession planning; the role of and challenges faced by the nurse unit manager; differences between managing and leading; and why you must be prepared to stand up and fight for your staff.
01:22:24
December 08, 2019
Episode 9: Natalie Anderson “If you practice and you are taught well and you give yourself time, then you’ll learn how to do it”
Episode 9: Natalie Anderson “If you practice and you are taught well and you give yourself time, then you’ll learn how to do it”
In this episode, Natalie and I talk about whether people really understand what nurses do; what it is like to be a new graduate nurse in ICU; the importance of volunteer service and mentors; and the importance of cross-disciplinary teaching. We also talk about death and dying, how we process these situations; how we cope and move on and how we can look after ourselves and our colleagues. We also explore valuable lessons learnt from her paramedic research which could be enacted in the nursing and ICU environment. Follow Natalie on Twitter @CerebralNurse
01:03:07
November 08, 2019
Episode 8: Carol Hodgson - "Success Doesn't Come Quickly"
Episode 8: Carol Hodgson - "Success Doesn't Come Quickly"
In this episode, Carol and I talk about collaboration, inclusivity and passion in research; how important it is to focus on doing good work and doing everything to the best of your ability; the importance of mentors and support and in particular about recovery after ECMO – or extra corporeal membrane oxygenation.
37:11
October 11, 2019
Episode 7: Emma Ridley - "Life Happens, Be flexible and adjust the plan"
Episode 7: Emma Ridley - "Life Happens, Be flexible and adjust the plan"
In this episode, Emma and I talk about why nutrition is important and what we can ALL do at the bedside to support nutritional therapy in our ICU Patients. We also talk about her PhD journey – the highs and the lows and why self-care AFTER your PhD is of huge importance.
47:47
September 05, 2019
Episode 6: Donna Goldsmith - If we don’t question, we are never going to grow or improve. A positive footprint to leave behind
Episode 6: Donna Goldsmith - If we don’t question, we are never going to grow or improve. A positive footprint to leave behind
 In this episode, Donna and I talk about how her love of critical care nursing and experience as a research nurse has led her into the role of Executive officer of one of the busiest and most productive ICU clinical trials groups; the challenges of maintaining clinical competency when working in the clinical environment part-time; and how her experience as the mother of a sick neonate was utilised to full effect on a consumer advisory panel designing the new neonatal unit at Monash Childrens Hospital. 
01:04:29
August 09, 2019
Episode 5: Glenn Eastwood - Why Nurses Make Good Researchers and Have the Ability to Make Change
Episode 5: Glenn Eastwood - Why Nurses Make Good Researchers and Have the Ability to Make Change
 Today Glenn and I talk about how nurses make great researchers; how we often apply therapies to a patient but not necessarily involve them in their care; how a PhD is a long journey but that anyone can do it with perseverance; how to choose a supervision team wisely and how to manage yourself along the way.
54:44
July 11, 2019
 Episode 4: Lisa Higgins - Pick Something you Really are Passionate About, Something You Really Want to Do
Episode 4: Lisa Higgins - Pick Something you Really are Passionate About, Something You Really Want to Do
Lisa and I talk about the importance and challenges of consumer engagement in research; choosing appropriate tools for clinical trials and the importance of health economic evaluation. Naturally she also has some great advice for anyone considering a PhD.
01:07:40
June 14, 2019
Episode 3: Diane Mackle - Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone Can Have Surprising Rewards
Episode 3: Diane Mackle - Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone Can Have Surprising Rewards
In this episode Diane and I talk about translation of knowledge and how research can change clinical practice; choosing the “A” team for supervision and keeping on track; and about finding support to help you achieve and find better work-life balance. 
01:03:30
May 16, 2019
Episode 2: Samantha Bates - Why Participating in Research Can Change Your World
Episode 2: Samantha Bates - Why Participating in Research Can Change Your World
In this episode Samantha and I talk about career pathways; how stepping away from the bedside can allow us to think more broadly; why nurses make good researchers; the multi-faceted role of the research coordinator and how participating in research can change your world.
55:22
April 27, 2019
Episode 1: Kim Ward - Why Being Nosey, is Good.
Episode 1: Kim Ward - Why Being Nosey, is Good.
In this episode Kim and I talk about how completing a PhD is not about being academically brilliant but about having a thirst for knowledge and why being nosey helps with being a nurse and a researcher.
55:19
April 07, 2019