Real Nurse Stories

Real Nurse Stories

By Eva Storey
2020 is the year of the Nurse and Midwife and the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
Real Nurse Podcast shares nurses stories about all things nursing, giving other nurses an opportunity to learn from each other and to share the fantastic work that nurses do every day with the wider public. If you enjoyed listening and would like to know more about me and the coaching work that I do visit my website evastorey.com and sign up for my news letter.
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Amanda's Story

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A Midwife's Story
This is a midwife's story who is working in Australia. The midwife's anonymity has been preserved for the purposes of this interview, which has allowed a candour to this career story. The story documents this Midwife's journey from her midwifery training in London in the UK to her present role. working as a clinical midwife in Australia. The story is raw and powerful and covers topics that are not often discussed such as burnout, dealing with the death of a baby and the effects of working in a stressful environment with little formal support or debriefing. The interview is an honest account of the struggles of working as a midwife in a pressured environment brings. This interview highlights how 'burying" traumatic experiences over time can negatively impact on personal resilience. It also highlights a dedication to wanting the best possible birthing experience for a mother and her baby. This midwife is passionate about midwifery-led group practice as being the way forward. To the listener please remember that this is one person's experience and it is their story. This story will be different for every midwife interviewed. What matters is that someone else who might be experiencing something similar is able to relate and not feel that they are the only ones going through a situation. Listening to this story may bring up some personal issues for listeners who might be able to relate to the experiences described in this episode. If you would like some help with this please get in touch eva@evastorey.com or contact the 24/7 confidential national helpline  for Nurse and Midwife support in Australia on 1800667877
52:35
July 5, 2020
Amanda's Story
In this episode, I interview Amanda who is a community nurse team leader working in Tameside and Glossip in the North West of England. When Amanda was 15 someone told her that she wasn't clever enough to become a nurse. Amanda's story illustrates how this comment made her even more determined to achieve her goal to become a nurse. Amanda's journey starts as an Assistant nurse and follows her story through to her current role as a community specialist nurse practitioner team leader. Her goal setting didn't stop at nurse training. Amanda then refined and developed more goals and achieved them all with grit and determination. Amanda is a truly passionate advocate for patient care and community nursing. Amanda talks about the impact of COVID-19 on working with patients in the community particularly the difficulties for patients who are receiving end of life care. Her story is inspiring and contains so many takeaways for the listener. Amanda is also known by her own admission as the "singing nurse" and singing is one of her personal resilience strategies that she uses every day. Amanda describes how she overcame presentation anxiety challenges as a result of a debilitating nervous laugh.  Amanda talks about the importance of mentorship and is a mentor herself for others. If you would like to know more about the coaching work that I do with nurses or would like to tell your story please get in touch eva@evatsorey.com.
50:44
June 8, 2020
Leonie's Story
I had a lot of fun interviewing Leonie for this episode. Leonie has had an interesting nursing and midwifery career in Perth Western Australia. Her career began in Geraldton and finished in Bunbury Regional Hospital. Leonie is a great storyteller and has a great sense of humour,  there was a point in this episode where the tables were turned and Leonie interviewed me! Leonie describes a bygone era of nursing that was very regimented and routinised care was the norm. She describes how she preferred Nursing administration to hands-on clinical care and talks about her experiences of midwifery along with her Director of Nursing role. If you would like to know more about the coaching work that I do with nurses or would like to be interviewed for my podcast please get in touch eva@evastorey.com. You can learn more about me here
51:17
June 1, 2020
Trish's story
In this episode, I interview Trish who has just retired from nursing after 43 years working as a nurse in Manchester in the UK.  It seemed very appropriate that this interview took place on International Nurses day 2020 as Trish trained at the very first NHS hospital, Park hospital in Trafford in 1973. Trish has had a really interesting nursing career but her heart truly was in community nursing. Trish has advocated passionately for older people and her trainee assistant practitioner students will know and love her for this. Trish has championed ageism and passionately promoted person-centred care for older people. Trish highlights the importance of life-long learning and gives lots of examples of this in her interview. Trish talks about the importance of mentorship, role modelling, reflective practice and team resilience and much more! If listening to this episode has raised some personal issues for you, please reach out and contact me to learn how I can help you through 1:1 coaching eva@evastorey.com.
52:17
May 13, 2020
Hazel's Story
In this episode, I interview Hazel who is a registered nurse working In an Emergency Department in Perth Western Australia. Hazel has a very gentle, caring and empathetic nature and is passionate about being an ED nurse. She shares how she manages stressful situations with her team through debriefing and self-reflection as well as looking after her own self-care. She talks about death, grieving and caring for family members when a loved one has died. If listening to this episode has raised some personal issues for you around burn out and stress management, please contact me to learn how I can help you through confidential 1:1 coaching eva@evastorey.com. You can find out more about me and the work that I do with Nurses and Midwives here
38:34
March 18, 2020
Rebecca's story
Listen to Rebecca's nursing career journey, we start with her nurse training in Melbourne, cover working in rural and remote nursing and working with indigenous communities in Australia, midwifery and aged care and coaching to mention just a few!  Rebecca talks openly and honestly about how burnout affected her and shares some of the life lessons that she has learnt as a result of her experience. Rebecca is a passionate advocate for aged care and has some great suggestions for how to attract nurses to work in the often misunderstood nursing speciality. There are some great takeaways in this interview. If listening to this episode has raised personal issues for you around burnout and stress management please contact me to learn how I can help you through confidential 1:1 coaching eva@evastorey.com
53:42
February 21, 2020
Jayne Nurse Manager Western Australia
Welcome to Real Nurse Stories celebrating 2020 the year of the Nurse and Midwife. Real Nurse Stories Podcast provides an important platform for nurses to talk about their career, share some insights into their role and pass on some words of wisdom and importantly celebrate the diversity of nursing roles that have evolved in modern-day nursing. Jayne shares her story with humour and passion about her nursing career, her reason for going into nursing, her struggles as a nursing student and how she coped with being bullied, along with her passion for working with indigenous cultures. This interview takes a journey from Cornwall to Australia and a few more places in between.
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