Mandy Day-Calder

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How to help colleagues during real-life dramas

Supporting a nurse who is struggling can be difficult, but just listening is a good start

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Show courage: Don't be afraid to ask your manager for support

It's part of a nurse's role to offer kindness and care, but how brave do they feel when asking for them themselves?

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Strategies to avoid feeling overwhelmed by pressure at work

Learn how to adopt whatever emergency coping strategies suit you best

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Small changes can make a big difference

When organisations are stretched to the limit, it may seem as if nothing you do could possibly make a difference. But focusing on the areas that you are able to influence can be empowering

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Dealing with conflict Part 2: Managing misinformed patients

Easy access to medical information brings benefits for patients but only if the information is accurate. How should you respond when a consultation becomes challenging?

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Dealing with conflict Part 1: Within the team

Working in a caring profession does not give you immunity from tensions with colleagues. Fortunately, there are techniques you can use to stop normal conflict becoming a problem

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Communication: Express yourself without ambiguity

In the final article of a three-part series, health coach Mandy Day-Calder explains why what you want to say and what patients think you mean can be very different, and offers tips on how to avoid misunderstandings

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Communication: What to do in a crisis

In the second article of a three-part series, health coach Mandy Day-Calder explains how a structured approach to communicating in a crisis can help avoid errors

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Communication: Assert yourself, in a good way

With resources stretched to the limit, good communication is more important than ever to ensure safe and effective care. In the first of a three-part series, Mandy Day-Calder looks at how to develop an assertive style

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How to stay focused on your goals in 2018

It is common as the year goes on to lose sight of the aims you set yourself in January. But however difficult the circumstances it is possible to keep moving forward

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Paths to positive change: believing you deserve what you want

Valuing yourself is a vital ingredient of self-esteem but developing self-compassion can take time. Health coach Mandy Day-Calder offers advice on how to be as committed to yourself as you are to your patients

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Paths to positive change in your career – and life

Success means different things to different people. Working out what it means to you is the first step to making 2018 a great year for your career, says health coach Mandy Day-Calder

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Why feeling grateful is good for your health

The last thing you may feel at the end of a hard day at work is grateful for the good things in life. But nurturing an attitude of gratefulness can help you cope with daily stress

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Strategies to boost your emotional resilience

Avoid burnout and enjoy your career more by learning how to improve your mental wellbeing by building up emotional resilience

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SAD: What to do if winter brings you down

Winter can take an emotional toll, particularly for those who experience seasonal affective disorder, but there are ways to manage it

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Coping with winter: tips for staying fit and healthy

It's one of the busiest seasons for nurses but there are ways of keeping well

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Use reflection to see your work as being about people, not tasks

Heavy workloads can make it hard to see patients as individuals. Reflect on the bad moments, accept you are not perfect, and you will find it easier to notice and change how you react.

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Reconnecting with why you became a nurse

When conditions are tough it’s easy to feel disconnected from the values that led you into nursing. Fortunately, it is possible to find a way back to the things you love about being a nurse.