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Embrace your ‘differences’.

It is often said that ‘variety is the spice of life’. We are also reminded that there are ‘different strokes for different folks’, which implies that it is almost inevitable that, as individuals, we will display differences in views, values, attitudes and beliefs. Parents instill in their children, the importance of having a tolerant and […]

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Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness: update on my recent experiences!

“Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness”. This quote made me reflect on a number of recent experiences. I thought I should jot a few of these in a blog post, so here goes… My reflections centred around how we ‘see’ ourselves and how this can […]

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Songs of Freedom! Celebrating Black History Month!

“🎼Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds…🎶 ” These are the hauntingly prophetic lyrics of the legendary Bob Marley as he sang Redemption Song. This song was among many more that were staples on constant rotation on the radiowaves in Jamaica when I was growing up. It wasn’t until adulthood […]

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Celebrating musically for Black History Month

We’ve come a long way and so it’s important that we celebrate Black History Month and share experiences with each other. This song by the legendary Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician, Jimmy Cliff is titled ‘Wonderful World Beautiful People’ and captures my emotions and hope for the future. One love! 🎼🎶🎷🎤🎺   Click here to […]

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Motivation to continue

 This is the time of the year when you re-register at university for the coming year. It is also a time when you have to answer curious questions to almost justify why you wish to continue on this journey of being a research student. Some of these probing questions are from people you work with, […]

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Self-Compassion

Like many people at this time of the year, I’m on a ‘summer break’ from work and studies so just a few lines to share with you really briefly. The ‘break’ has really reminded me that, if your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. There are many ways to show compassion and we […]

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Why Not? A Paradigm Shift. 

The inspiration for this month’s post came during a conversation with my dad this week about how we approach life. He quoted Robert F Kennedy who said “there are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why…I dream of things that never were and ask why not?” This resulted in a […]

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Hospital Experiences of a Passionate Nurse Researcher / Manager…One month into secondment!

Thank you for the fantastic feedback on my previous posts! It has been heartening to connect with so many people from around the world in so many ways via this blog and even more so on Twitter! In my last post, I shared my views on the importance of a healthy work-study-life balance and having […]

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The Journey Continues…

Thank you to all who provided feedback on my first post in my blog in April. It has been a whirlwind of a month with lots of activity and critical choices to make. I continue on my journey as a health practitioner and researcher – my passion remains. I have taken a bold decision to […]

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Passion for Research – the journey of a passionate nurse researcher

My name is Nichole McIntosh and this is my first blog. Although it is quite daunting, I now feel that I have something to share. I have been a registered nurse for 15 years with experience of working in the acute NHS sector in a range of clinical and management roles in the specialties of […]

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