You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

Albert Einstein

Howdy to all my readers,

How are you all doing, have you been well??

It’s been a long month since the day we last spoke and for that I appologise… Consistency is not my strong point at this moment.

Instead of the usual blog post about Pixel and I’s adventures,
being the 10th October is World Mental Health Day,
I’m going to talk about the culture of nursing and its levels of burn out.

What is burn out? According to the burnout is a physical, mental, and emotional state caused by chronic overwork and a sustained lack of job fulfillment and support. Common burnout symptoms may include physical or emotional exhaustion, job-related cynicism, and a low sense of personal accomplishment.

Now, how does this relate to me. Well, as I’m sure you’ve read my previous blogs, you would know that I work in an ED on the east coast of Australia. The region I live in is beautiful, and most of the photos on my blog were taken by me whilst experimenting with my new camera.

There is the hidden dark side of this area, domestic violence, mental health problems, drug and alcohol dependency. This area is also known for its indigenous populations and low socio economic status. This makes for very interesting shifts in the ED each and every day. Now I’m not saying that every shift is awful, quite the opposite, there are days where your patients are absolutely amazing, polite, kind, and they understand that you may not be able to get everything done for them straight away. Then you get the days where, not only are you pushed by your patients to be available for them, but you also have management pushing you to have patients to the ward within a certain time frame. These days are the ones where you question your job and why you chose this profession.

There are days where you are short on staff, there are also days where you don’t have the support from the receiving clinical team on the ward. The team work culture in nursing at the moment is very limited to the area you work. When I started nursing, my understanding is that we are all part of a team with the common goal to look after each patient, not one area against the other.

It is so disappointing that my personal experience of nursing has come down to this. We should all be a team, with the one goal of supporting our patients and our fellow nursing colleagues, educating and supporting the new graduate nurses, and building each other up.

Aim to be the person asking “are you okay? Can I help you with your tasks?” We are a 24/7 service within the hospital setting, not an 8.5 hr/10 hr – 12 hr service, if something isn’t finished by the end of shift, instead of criticising your fellow nurse, how about uplifting them and asking, “what hasn’t been done, can I help you with anything before you leave?”

I have found some nurses are quick to judge and write a fellow nurse off without actually talking to them and asking how their shift is going. There is so much that can happen in one shift, so many emotions that a nurse will feel, the one simple question of “Are you okay” can make a persons shift ten times better. Be the support that you would want if you were struggling.

So what can we do to assist with nursing burnout and exhaustion?
– Know when to say NO to overtime and extra shifts
– YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU – Focus on your health
– Be supportive of new staff – No matter their level of experience
– Know your boundaries, know when you’re overworking yourself
– It’s okay to take a mental health day if you’re feeling overwhelmed and exhausted
– Try another area of nursing, make a change for a little while
– Utilise the EAP (employee assistance program) if your hospital has one – It’s free and confidential
– Have outside of work activities – Hobbies (Mine is photography, I’m not great but I’m learning)

“It’s ok to be human.”

― Marushia Dark, Thelema: Book 0 – The Fool

I have found that it is okay to not be okay and it’s healthy to take some time off for self care.

If you’re ever in a place where you feel you’re struggling with your mental health and stressors in life, there are always places you can call or people you can talk too. (Australian numbers)
LifeLine – 13 11 14 – plus an online service
Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636 – plus an online service
Employee Assistance Program within your company
000 – Australia wide emergency number.
There are many other support services out there – you’re never far away from help. Someone is always willing to help. Talk to your GP about having a support system in place too.

Now I realise that I haven’t really talked about Pixel and I at all this time, I will still attach some photos of our month because – why not!

So please enjoy – Rose-Ann and Pixel signing off xo

What’s Another Week In Paradise

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

Hi, hello there,

Yes, I know I’m bad, it’s been two weeks since we last spoke, I’m sorry!! I know I said it would only be a week between posts, but what can I say, life got a hold of me, and I was unable to sit down and chat with you all.

WE WENT TO THE BEACH – what can I say, Pixel and I are predictable. This time, we went to a beach we haven’t been to before. What can I say, it was soooo needed this fortnight, just to be able to watch the smile on Pixels face and watch her have the best time, digging in the sand, running in the water, dodging the waves as they rushed the shore, and just enjoy being a dog. I took her older sister with us as well – Honey, who is 8 years old, became a young dog again, she absolutely loves the beach as well – between her and Pixel, both dogs were absolutely tuckered out as I drove home that afternoon. I must admit – just between you and I, I was exhausted too! Sooo worth it though.

Whilst exploring a new area with both dogs, I came across the BEST burger/fish and chip shop ever!! I can honestly say I have never had such an AMAZING chicken burger – I have been dreaming of returning to this shop just for the burger over the past 10 days! You know it was a good burger when all you can think about is going and getting another one multiple times a week.

What been going on in the last two weeks you ask.. Well, that’s a long story – The short of it is, I don’t know. Between beach trips with Pixel, working long hours, sleeping to catch up on all the sleep you miss working shift work, spending time with family and more… I guess time just gets away from you.

Do you find that as the years go past, they get quicker and shorter – When I was at school, the years DRAGGED, christmas, and birthdays would never come quick enough, they were always so far away. As a child there was so much time to do things, go different places, hours to spend outside playing. Now, as an adult, I feel like I don’t even have time to spend the quality time with friends and family, go on the adventures that I would like to, or see the things I want to see.

So much focus is put on having a career and working to save for retirement, that you forget about the journey to get to that stage. It’s the small things throughout life that make it worth living. The amazing food you can try when you step out of your comfort zone and do a little exploring in your area, the hidden water holes and picnic areas that are there to be found. This is why I have decided to slow down, take a step back and reevaluate my life – career wise, hobby wise and health wise.

It’s time to take back my life, go out and do the exploring I want to do, eat at the cafes, slow down on the amount of shifts I do at the hospital, enjoy every moment, get healthy and build long lasting lifetime friendships!

When I started this blog, I did say that I would make it about the adventures that Pixel and I go on, well here are some photos that were taken from our most recent beach trip.

Next post I will be talking all about the vaccination regime that I have to go through for Pixel to travel overseas with me, and when I’ll be starting that process.

I look forward to talking to you all again, very soon!

Signing off
– Rose-Ann and Pixel xo

Stop worrying about what can go wrong, and get excited about what can go right.

“Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind!” – Dr Seuss

Well hello there, we meet again.

Rose-Ann and Pixel here with the weekly update… I can’t tell you how much this week has changed things. Between having to choose to stay where I am for another 6 months and then leap into the unknown, or step into the unknown without any planning or preparation. Just to put things into perspective, I’m a planner, and to not have a plan, or have things in place that need to be in place causes some anxiety, then, if everything doesn’t go to plan – wow talk about stressful… I mean who can relate – life is/can be stressful, am I right or what!

What do I mean by planning and preparation… Well, I have the opportunity to move overseas with Pixel and commence work in the hospitality area. That is until I can sort out my registration to work as a nurse/paramedic. The enormity of this undertaking is stressful in itself, between collecting all the documents, having them certified, copied, sent to the correct people, making sure that everything is correct and that all the “i’s” are dotted and “T’s” crossed, and that’s just me, let’s not talk about all the things I have to have sorted before Pixel can fly across with me. The vaccinations, documentation, blood tests, crate training (for travel crate), country regulations, the list just goes on!

Now you might be wondering, what brought this change on? As I stated in my first post, I’m an ED nurse in Australia, I have been a nurse for 3 years and have worked in multiple different positions, including flight nursing, aged care, general practice, general ward nursing and as an event paramedic. I can definitely say to you now, I have never in my life dealt with the amount of entitlement and abuse on a daily basis, than in the emergency department. Yet, in all that, I have the most amazing work mates, and some awesome patients, who make coming to work worth it and bearable, but unfortunately sometimes, that is not enough.

I have found myself in the last 10 months losing my passion and drive for nursing, anxious for what the next shift will bring. So you know what…


Dr Seuss says – “Only you can control your future.”

So here it is, I’m making a change, by starting to let go of the things I can’t change, and changing the things I can. One of those things is my weight – exercise plays a huge role in mental health and the release of the positive hormones throughout your body. Another thing to change is location and situation – I am well aware that in my field of work, there will always be the patients who are rude, abusive and entitled, but there are also always patients who are genuinely grateful to see you and have your help in their darkest moments, they are the ones that make going back to work, just that little bit more okay.

So there’s a little bit more of my background and the reason for this change. I am truly one exhausted nurse, but yet there is no way I would ever change where I am, or where I have come from. I am proud to be a nurse, because I know, all my patients receive the best care and if I can make at least one of them laugh and help take their mind off their situation, then, I believe I have done my job well.

Signing off for the night – Rose-Ann and Pixel

The Longest Journey Starts With The Smallest Step

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

Hello, hi there.
My name is Rose-Ann and Pixel is my 1.5 yr old long haired chihuahua x Maltese. Well then who am I? I’m an emergency department nurse and also a graduate paramedic. Pixel and I met back in November 2018 and have been inseparable since. We go on weekly beach outings, camping trips and in the future – overseas travel. Stick around and you will get to go on our adventure with us.

What am I doing here – Great question… Answer: I don’t know. I guess I just want somewhere to share our travels with people, without having to show a million photos all at once and have to tell the story over and over – I’m sure you have been part of one of those situations.

Fun fact, there are two types of chihuahua head shapes… Deer Head and Apple head… I only found that out when I was researching how I’m going to transport Pixel overseas.

Now it is really important to know which head shape your chihuahua or dog in general has, especially if you want to fly with them. Some airlines ban short/snubbed nosed breeds, both cats and dogs.

Short/snubbed nose breeds (not just chihuahuas) have shorter snouts, yet at the same time, they still have the same anatomy that other dogs/cats have, just compacted in a smaller area. Due to the anatomical space being smaller, the risk of respiratory complications is higher then other breeds.

Most airlines will have a list of which animals can and cannot fly, cargo or cabin included. Always remember to call the airline prior to flying with them to make sure your companion can come with you, but to also check if they have to be in the baggage hold or allowed in the main cabin. Another easier way to help with international/domestic pet transport is to get in contact with a pet transport company – I am using Jetpets, and so far they have been incredibly helpful and professional – I will talk more on my experience with that side of things in another blog.

Now back to the topic at hand. Fun fact over – if you have more questions – I might not have the answers, but I’m willing to help if I can.

What’s the plan for this blog… Well it’s a place to share stories, recipes, travel struggles, advice, exciting news and much more. All I can suggest is to stick around and see where this goes.

I think its time to sign out for tonight! Goodnight all and chat to you soon.
Rose-Ann and Pixel xoxo.

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