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What are you worth?

Now here’s an interesting question – what are you worth? The first issue to clear up is what do we mean by worth? Is it how much money you have, or what other people think of you, or is it what you think of yourself? Let’s look at each of these options … Material possessions…

Interesting times continue …

Back on December 24th last year, I wrote about how life sometimes doesn’t follow what we planned. You set out a step by step guide to how you think things will go, or how you would like them to go. Then you find that life gets in the way of your plan. A few weeks…

To test or not to test …

You would think that being able to test for a disease or a condition is always a good thing, and we should do whatever tests we can to be certain we are making the right decisions or giving the best care. You would be right, sort of. It is pretty much always better to be…

Plans vs life

The past 13 days have been interesting. I read somewhere about an ancient curse that goes like this, “May you live in interesting times”. The past two weeks have been cursed if you accept that definition. After nearly two years of remaining free of the COVID-19 virus, our remote town has seen an outbreak, and…

Transferring knowledge and skills

I have almost completed my updated Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) and it’s been an interesting experience. In my professional life I teach adults all the time, in clinical education and in the SES (emergency services). What fascinated me was the common ground between a) workplace education and training, b) higher education via…

The “Sunk Cost” Fallacy

Some time ago, in a land far away (Victoria to be exact), I purchased a really sweet vehicle. It was a wheelchair capable people mover, and it was at that time the most well-appointed vehicle I had ever owned. It seemed to be a good price, and being a little short on time and money,…

Learning Games

Last week I had the pleasure and privilege of playing a game with a group of students. They were 1st Year nursing students on a very remote health experience. My job was to entertain them one evening, and here’s how it went: We did a round of “why did you choose nursing?” Each participant shared…

Holiday planning 2022 style

Ten years after I wrote about the difficulties in planning a holiday with a disabled spouse, I find myself still doing it.  Now that’s a surprise! Over the past 10 years, Anita has gradually become more restricted in her movements, and now cannot move her hands, right arm, or legs at all, and only weak…

Inspiration and Encouragement – ACN National Nursing Forum 2018

I attended the Australian College of Nursing’s (ACN) National Nursing Forum (NNF2018) at the end of August 2018.  My reason for attending was that I needed a boost of inspiration and enthusiasm for my chosen profession.  Getting to the Gold Coast from Tennant Creek was expensive and time-consuming, the hire car and accommodation added to…

Making Mistakes

It has been said that “to err is human” yet there are endeavours in which error cannot be accepted. The airline industry is an obvious example, and the nuclear industry is another.  Dose this mean that to be safe we need to remove humans from the equation?  The short answer is ‘Yes’ and that is…

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