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Critical 2 Your Success

29 EpisodesProduced by Rachael ParkeWebsite

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:

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Episode 29 – Tom Buckley – What is it like to be a nurse-patient?

July 21st, 2022


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 …

Episode 28 - Amy Best - "Humanising the bedspace and the patient" - Seeing the person behind the illness

November 9th, 2021


In this podcast, Amy and I discuss how long term patients needs differ significantly to other ICU patients, the importance of individualising care …

Episode 27 – Elizabeth Scruth – It will be a different world with a different way of doing things.

September 13th, 2021


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.

Episode 26 – Claire Minton – I now have hope and I know I can get better.

July 25th, 2021


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 …

Episode 25 – Gemma Aburn Being a Work Family – we’re all in this together.

June 21st, 2021


In this podcast we talk about paediatric oncology and palliative care services in Aotearoa New Zealand and Gemma’s doctoral studies around being a …

Episode 24 – Bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment amongst Intensive Care Unit nurses in Australia and New Zealand study.

May 3rd, 2021


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 …

Episode 23 – Iris Fontanilla – “Being OK with what I’ve done today is good enough”

February 7th, 2021


 Listen while I talk to Iris Fontanilla, Health psychologist from Auckland New Zealand.

Some of the support Iris mentions includes:

The Mental Health …

Episode 22 – Kimberley Haines – “That realisation that you’re not alone – engaging with ICU survivors”

December 21st, 2020


Listen while I talk to Kimberley Haines, Physiotherapy Research Lead and Senior Critical Care Physiotherapist at Western Health, Melbourne, Australia.

Episode 21 – Alison Pirret – “Wanting to make that little bit of difference is always important”

November 25th, 2020


Listen while I talk to Alison Pirret, Nurse Practitioner within the ICU outreach service, Critical Care Complex, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland.

Episode 20 – Andrea Marshall – “Support and connectedness may help people to engage”

October 21st, 2020


Listen while I talk to Andrea Marshall Professor of Acute and Complex Care Nursing at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University and …

Episode 19 – Naomi Hammond and Brett Abbenbroek – “The Magnitude and Experience of Sepsis”

September 12th, 2020


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 …

Episode 18 – Andrew Jull – “Be Ready for Opportunities”

July 26th, 2020


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 …

Episode 17 – Adele Ferguson – “If you have the basics right and work together as a team anything is possible”

June 14th, 2020


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: …

Episode 16 – Christina Whitehead – “We must understand what the problems are first and then we can try and solve them”

May 17th, 2020


Listen while I talk to Christina Whitehead a Research Clinical Nurse Consultant from Nepean Hospital ICU. She is also a PhD candidate exploring the …

Episode 15 – Simone Hannah Clark – “I hope some change will come out of this”

April 17th, 2020


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 …

Episode 14 – The Westie Book Club Episode Pt. 2 – “There is a wealth of opportunity in ICU”

April 5th, 2020


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 …

Episode 13 – The Westie Book Club Episode Pt. 1 – “Over 140 years of ICU experience”

March 2nd, 2020


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 …

Episode 12 – Ann Doran – “It is never a good thing when a child dies but we can make it bearable”

February 2nd, 2020


In this episode, Ann and I talk about how her various roles in the paediatric intensive care; her volunteer missions to Fiji undertaking paediatric …

Episode 11: Julia Slark - "Now is my time to Make Change – How Can I Influence Truly and Meaningfully?”

January 6th, 2020


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 …

Episode 10: Nic Gini - "Be resilient; refresh yourself; be relevant"

December 8th, 2019


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 …

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”

November 8th, 2019


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 …

Episode 8: Carol Hodgson - "Success Doesn't Come Quickly"

October 11th, 2019


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 …

Episode 7: Emma Ridley - "Life Happens, Be flexible and adjust the plan"

September 5th, 2019


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 …

Episode 6: Donna Goldsmith - If we don’t question, we are never going to grow or improve. A positive footprint to leave behind

August 9th, 2019


 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 …

Episode 5: Glenn Eastwood - Why Nurses Make Good Researchers and Have the Ability to Make Change

July 11th, 2019


 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 …

Episode 4: Lisa Higgins - Pick Something you Really are Passionate About, Something You Really Want to Do

June 14th, 2019


Lisa and I talk about the importance and challenges of consumer engagement in research; choosing appropriate tools for clinical trials and the …

Episode 3: Diane Mackle - Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone Can Have Surprising Rewards

May 16th, 2019


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 …

Episode 2: Samantha Bates - Why Participating in Research Can Change Your World

April 27th, 2019


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 …

Episode 1: Kim Ward - Why Being Nosey, is Good.

April 7th, 2019


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.

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