Episode 15 – LIVE! with Lee Ridley & Murdo Mitchell

If you want the show with pictures, goats and all the mistakes…

Stuart and Ed talk mental health, nursing and politics, and are joined for this free live show by acclaimed singer/songwriter Murdo Mitchell and Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy.

Keep on arguing and calling out the nonsense on Twitter @RMNBBpodcast, Stuart is @StueyMcKenzie and I’m @EdFreshwater, Lee is @LostVoiceGuy and Murdo is @MurdoMitchell

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Lee’s book is available from that evil megalith Amazon or his website lostvoiceguy.co.uk

You can buy Murdo’s CD by punting a tenner to him at paypal.me/MurdoMitchell and he’ll even pay the postage.

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Intro music is:

I Want It by EpiJay ( https://music.apple.com/us/album/high-level-ep/605743629)

Outro and incidental music by Kevin McLeod:

Comic Hero by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3532-comic-hero

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Pixel Peeker Polka – faster by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4220-pixel-peeker-polka—faster

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Join us again on June 13th where we’ll be joined by acclaimed rapper and author Darren McGarvey; we’ll be talking inequality, mental health, and probably mentioning Liaison Coordinators. If you want to be fully prepped, buy his book Poverty Safari right now and send in your questions.

Episode 14 – with Andrea Spyropoulos

Stuart & Ed are joined by legendary nurse leader Andrea Spyropoulos. We’re talking about nurse activism, where we’ve been, where we are and where we need to go.

We’re hosted on a new platform – Anchor.FM from those nice people at Spotify, where you can find and subscribe here: https://anchor.fm/rmnbehavingbadly.

You can also subscribe the old fashioned way on iTunesSoundCloud or Spotify (or hopefully wherever you get your podcasts – if your app doesn’t work, please let us know in the comments or on Twitter).

Intro music is:

I Want It by EpiJay ( https://music.apple.com/us/album/high-level-ep/605743629)

Outro music is:

Fuzzball Parade by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5044-fuzzball-parade
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday the 18th of May until Sunday the 24th of May is Mental Health Awareness Week & it’ll be sure to bring a spotlight on the importance of mental health & wellbeing through public engagement via all media platforms.

The theme this year is ‘kindness’ and lets face it, the world could do with a little more of that right now. The problem is, however, that its the same people constantly being kind. Its the same professionals’ commitment & dedication that is conflated with kindness & heroism when in fact it is their job.

In many ways for those of us who are nurses, our person centred approach to care is taken for granted by politicians, bureaucrats & the like. We are asked to be kind this Mental Health Awareness week but what does that really mean for those of us who have cared for people day in, day out & witnessed first hand the system perpetuated by politicians being unkind to our patients?

Yes, kindness is important & absolutely there are measurable benefits garnered from kindness, to both giver & receiver. But what ifs just the same people being kind all the time, chipping away at some immovable force of consumerism & capitalism?

Nursing has born the front of Corona Virus heavily & many of our brothers & sisters have paid dearly with their lives. Our colleagues from the BAME community have delivered care despite the alarming and disproportionate number of them succumbing to the virus. Who will do them a kindness, who will do any of these nurses a kindness, who has the power or authority to change anything?

For our patients & citizens who rely on Mental Health services live with moderate to severe conditions which impede & challenge their lives daily. No kindness was shown to them through the implementation of Austerity, no consideration was given to them when Social Welfare reforms actively resulted in homelessness of the most venerable & an increase in child poverty.

It wold seem counterinitiative of a Pod such as ours to decry Mental Health Awareness Week, so lets be clear, that’s not what we are doing. Neither are we suggesting that we shouldn’t embrace kindness. What we are saying is that we should be mindful that whilst kindness can begets kindness, that there is no replacement for dignity & respect.

This Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, we here at RMN Behaving Badly would like all of our listeners to be kind to themselves first and foremost. Take that moment to reflect on just how amazing you are, how influential you are & how important you are.

We would like to extend our kindness to the people who require our services & interventions & remind them that we as nurses would be nothing without them, that many of us would rather see our roles redundant, their symptoms cured & the days of the Mental Health Nurse deemed unnecessary.

Until then lets all appreciate one another every day, being mindful that kindness has two happy bedfellows, dignity & respect.

International Nurses’ Day 2020

Well technology failed us and our two attempts to record a brief podcast episode were lost somewhere in The Cloud. Maybe future historians will find that data, and somehow piece together a picture of the ridiculous dystopia where up is down and stupid is the new clever.

Today, the 12th of May is International Nurses’ Day and we couldn’t let it pass without comment. Come to think of it, I can’t think of anything we let pass without comment…

This year’s marking of International Nurses’ Day is all the more poignant; it’s the bicentenary of the birth of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale, and we’re smack bang in the middle of the International Year of the Nurse & Midwife, right smack bang in the middle of a global health emergency. Never before has the role of nursing had such a high profile, never before has there been a greater need for nurses of all kinds.

Stuart and I have both reflected on the image of nursing and the legacy of Nightingale; she is held up as the ultimate “angel”, the Lady with the Lamp tending to the desperately wounded soldiers with compassion. But her primary legacy, at least as far as we can see, was as a statistician and a social reformer.

Nightingale used statistics, data, evidence to argue for better care, better facilities and higher standards. She lobbied hard for social reform and improvements to public health, challenging politicians at a time when women were not even permitted to vote.

It’s as a political activist and evidence-based practitioner that she should be held as a role model for the modern nurse.

Because we don’t need angels right now.

We need bold nurses who will demand better care, better facilities and higher standards, from the top of government right down to the wards, community, care homes and primary care.

Enjoy your day. Then go out and kick some backsides into gear!

Ed

Episode 13 – LIVE! with the Susans

Podcast hosts Stuart McKenzie and Ed Freshwater are joined by comedians Susie McCabe and Susan Morrison for another night of comment and comedy with a mental health nursing flavour.

If video is your thing then watch the whole show on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/etw0kk-YAeM

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Susie McCabe:
https://susiemccabe.com/
https://twitter.com/susie_mccabe

Susan Morrison:
http://www.suziemo.co.uk/standup.htm
https://twitter.com/suziemo

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Intro music by EpiJay ( https://music.apple.com/us/album/high-level-ep/605743629)

Outro music by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) from from https://filmmusic.io License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Episode 12 – Random Blather

Register HERE for our free comedy show on Saturday 9th May, and click HERE to watch the video from the last one.

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Intro music by EpiJay ( https://music.apple.com/us/album/high-level-ep/605743629)

Outro music by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) from from https://filmmusic.io License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Episode 11 – LIVE! with John Scott

Join regular RMN Behaving Badly hosts Stuart McKenzie and Ed Freshwater as they discuss topical and political issues relating to mental health nursing in the UK. In the first ever live show, they’re joined by comedian and expert by experience John Scott.

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Intro music by EpiJay ( https://music.apple.com/us/album/high-level-ep/605743629)

“Comic Hero” and outro music both by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) from from https://filmmusic.io License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Episode 10 – News of the live show!

Stuart & Ed bring you news of our upcoming LIVE! show on Saturday 18th April, 9pm with comedian John Scott.

The show is free on Zoom – just follow the link to register and get your password: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uZQsdeqrqjwstNtNFc6e4pMNE7XC9LUiqA

For those who can’t make the live show, we’ll upload the performance to YouTube shortly afterwards.

Matt Hancock’s boxing gloves, wall art and disappointing furniture can be seen here: https://twitter.com/MattHancock/status/1248240059377168385

Thanks to EpiJay for the intro music 🙂

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Episode 9 – Excel-lent

The Lockdown Hysteria starts to kick in as Stuart and Ed chat about their new sweeping executive powers…

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Intro music by EpiJay ( https://music.apple.com/us/album/high-level-ep/605743629)

“Comic Hero” and outro music both by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) from from https://filmmusic.io License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Episode 8 – Walk A Mile

In this episode, Ed interviews author and activist Chris Young on his experiences as a professional, service user and part-time wandering loon.

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Intro music by EpiJay ( https://music.apple.com/us/album/high-level-ep/605743629)

Outro music by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) from from https://filmmusic.io License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)