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Lecture Overview

Are you nursing with your head or your heart? The delivery of task and protocol-oriented care can often leave us losing sight of our core care intentions. In this talk, Geoffrey Ahern will prompt you to re-examine the power of empathy and connecting with patients and their personal stories.


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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. See Educator Profile


22 Total Rating(s)
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Heather Blackhall
31 Jul 2019

Empathy - a nurse lecturer tried to explain it to me many years ago and said it was the understanding of what another person is feeling. While they were not included the Youtube clips by Brene Brown and Dr Edward Tronick were well worth stopping the presentation and going to Youtube to watch. This presentation showed me that it was so much more than that. Every person we interact with is potentially deeply impacted by our interaction.

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Christine Domino
02 Jun 2019

Good presentation. Food for thought!

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Sonu merin james
06 May 2019

perfectly articulated

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Zoe Robins
18 Apr 2019


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Kendra Hinds
12 Mar 2019

This lecture was informative and well presented. I felt I understood more about my own experiences of empathy in dealing with patients

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Breanna Achterbosch
16 Feb 2019

Well presented and very interesting.

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Crystal Eldridge
31 Jan 2019

Very interesting lecture

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Emma-Lee Davies Kinsella
08 Jun 2018

Very engaging

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Megan Loveday
31 May 2018

Loved his presentation

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Megan Loveday
31 May 2018

Great delivery and context