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Rasa Kabaila – Author Talk – Stories behind the storyteller

Monday February 5, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Port Macquarie Library
32 Grant St
Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444 Australia

Please join us in welcoming Rasa Kabaila to our Port Macquarie Library on Monday 5th February at 5.30pm for an author chat with Leanne.

Rasa is a published author, poet and Nurse Practitioner. Rasa now runs her own practice specialising in mental health. Rasa’s first book, Put some Concrete in your Breakfast: Tales from Contemporary Nursing, was published in March 2023 by international publisher Springer Nature and has since been read by over 6,500 readers.

Rasa has published more than ten academic papers in both national and international scientific journals.Rasa is also a conjoint lecturer with UNSW and has been nominated for an Order of Australia medal in 2023 for her contributions to the community.

Rasa has written articles for the Australian Lithuanian newspaper Musu Pastoge and some of her poetry has been published in Tamba magazine and the Poetica Christi Anthology.

Outside of nursing and writing, Rasa likes to spend time with family and friends, practice and coach  martial arts, run, surf, volunteer in various roles, travel and be amongst nature and animals. She strives to challenge herself in every way, but also take daily naps and laugh wherever possible. Rasa lives with her three-legged rescue cat: Boy.

PUT SOME CONCRETE IN YOUR BREAKFAST: Tales from Contemporary Nursing Building Resilience, Empathy and Confidence within a Challenging Profession

This book gives a sincere yet honest representation of modern nursing in all its forms rather than purely focusing only on the ‘good’ ‘the funny’ ‘the sad’ or the ‘ugly’. This book provides a collection of stories that concentrate on nursing, that validates, educates and encourages those undertaking a career in nursing. In addition, this book also celebrates the amazing rewards that the unique career of nursing has to offer, for those who can find a way to persevere through the challenges.

There is a high rate of burnout among nurses in their early days of practice, because of the high demands placed on them by the healthcare system; hospital administrations; the expectations of management, patients, families and carers; and the sheer size of the patient loads with complex needs these days.

The global pandemic erupting has now pushed a health care service that was already under pressure to now be in complete crisis. The world now knows that we need more nurses employed to be able to move forward from this calamity. This book closes that gap in that it encourages the readers to continue to pursue a career in nursing (despite the challenges that the profession holds) while also positively promoting the incredible work that nurses do.

The chapters within this book, explore a cornucopia of different aspects of nursing including: caring for dying patients, dealing with bodily fluids and how patients are not very good at working out how sick they really are. The book also covers how to manage the care of patients with complex mental illnesses and those contemplating suicide.

This book is targeted at nurses who may feel a little overwhelmed with the world that is nursing but who wish to thrive and further their career. Discussion questions at the end of the book further add to the reflection and learning process of the reader.

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