Hi, I’m Alicia!
I’m on a mission to bring more balance and less burnout to the lives of nurses all over the world. I help unfulfilled nurses reconnect with their inner purpose, passion and joy through this blog and other exciting content.
Over the last 2 years, I’ve worked as a nurse in both Australia and New Zealand, as well as the UK before that! After nursing in three different countries, I have learnt so much.
I’ve been amazed at the similarities and filled with curiosity at the differences. I don’t think I’ll be able to nurse anywhere again where I don’t compare practices (I’ll be the nurse everyone rolls their eyes at when I say ‘in (insert different country here) they do it like this’.
Anyway, as well as the physical practices that I’ve learnt about there has been one similarity that stuck out like a sore thumb all over the world which is that so many nurses have no idea how to take care of themselves – me included!
Nurses all over the world are burning out, everyone is suffering from the lack of staffing, nurses are quitting everywhere, time off work due to stress is a problem all over the world. For so long I blamed the endless pressures of the NHS but in fact these problems everywhere.
I do believe there’s a long way to go for nurses from pay to politics but I also believe that sometimes we just need to take some responsibility for our lives in the profession. After a major freak out in Australia where I wondered if my nursing sell-by date had run out, it was time for fight or flight to kick in.
I could either do the work on myself or look at doing something else. A little time on and I am still a nurse and a much happier, healthier and more balanced one at that.
What I’ve come to realise is that it wasn’t so much nursing that I was struggling with but more how I had let it consume me and how much I struggled with switching off and creating a balance between work and home.
Some of you will know when I set off on my travels I started Alicia Overseas as a travel blog. Since all this has gone down in my life as a nurse I’ve rebranded and started talking more about nursing and how important it is as nurses that we prioritise ourselves first and foremost. Because if we don’t how can we show up for our patients/service users as our best selves?
It’s safe to say I think where University falls down is preparing us mentally for life as a nurse (& I’m almost 5 years post-uni)!
So What Can You Expect from Me Going Forward?
Well, if you are here for my sensational travel advice then don’t worry I’m not going completely cold turkey! After all, I may be a nurse by career but as a person, I am so much more than that and travel makes up a huge part of my life. So yes, I’ll still be telling my tales of travel as I continue to feed my wanderlust. But I am going to be posting a lot more about my life as a nurse and how positivity and wellness have reshaped my life completely.
How Can I Help You?
I do have magical ideas planned for Alicia Overseas so make sure you stick around! If you are searching for a dose of inspiration each week to keep your wellbeing in check then sign up for my weekly newsletter The Mid Week Chek-in here.
To find out more about my career as a nurse whilst travelling then take a look at these posts and for my travel advice then go here!
Throughout this blog, you’ll find affiliate links. Basically, if you purchase any products that I recommend I’ll receive a very small commission at no extra cost to you! The products that I recommend in this blog are products I love and trust, I will only recommend a product if I believe it and what it represents.
Any advice I give on this blog from travel or nursing is my own experiences and I am not a trained mental health professional. I’m simply a nurse sharing my journey in life.
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If you’d like to hear more about my nursing story or would like to work with me in any way then head over to my work with me page which you can find here!