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Pressure, fatigue and burnout in the caring sector.

 It’s a tired health industry
 I love it when my human side sneaks out from behind the façade of


‘organiser extraordinaire’ or ‘multi-tasking I got it all together senior nurse’ or ‘mega capable whirlwind speedy gonzales who has 3 brains and ten arms’


who when the truth be told, is rarely able to achieve work satisfaction, who is always drowning in the demand and NEVER catching up, and who is so burnt out she can’t even remember when the flame was extinguished.

This crippling phenomenon is not exclusive to me-It is nursing, and medicine, and other health disciplines CONTINUOUSLY battling to provide a service with a dangerously low level of skilled staff.
Why are there so few skilled staff? Because they all leave. Because they are burnt out and over worked and under valued and disrespected by patients, by other equally stressed colleagues and by the health system as a whole.

There are those individuals who always make it work for themselves of course, but the large majority persevere through their battles not making them known in view of avoiding being a trouble maker, and are largely forgotten about. Those who have real issues with work/life/balance, with bullying, and with unfair treatment, but who have no voice.

Why? Because nobody has the time or the energy to help them.

What a tragedy it is to lose so many wonderfully experienced professionals. What a shame to those entering the health industry to have so few mentors from which to learn. Those that remain are often too tired and too stressed to give one more ounce of their being to a fresh new and excited student, and that’s the truth.

So what then is the problem and why can’t we fix it?

Economics? Poor communication between hospital big wigs and front line workers? Environmental factors? (Shift work and long physically demanding hours together with poor skill mix), or is it simply a case of working in a high pressure environment hour after hour, year after long year which in effect kicks longevity in the guts?

I guess it’s different for everyone… but something that’s true for us all, is that it ain’t easy.



When Time Stands Still


It is in those rare moments when ‘Time Stands Still’ that the quality of the lens through which we view life is enhanced, and the images we see appear more brilliant than ever imagined.

It is not that we do not see,

 but simply, we rarely stand still long enough to truly appreciate the miracles before us.


© Nicole Martin, 2016 All Rights Reserved

All images by Nicole Martin.

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DAY 18-Cycling from Cairo to Cape Town-27/10

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Stage 17/18, 27/10-ALMOST HALF WAY

Nothing but good news has come out of the cycling camp today. The guys are half way through Kenya and are hoping to complete this country in 3 days before they enter Tanzania. To me, it looks like they’re 1 day behind schedule, so they’re going to have to make up time over the next couple of weeks, if they are going to make it for the world record.  eeeek!

Check out the map below to see where they are, read stories from them and view some great pics!

Via Carocap

It may have been heavy going, but the team still got Ethiopia done in 6 days! Tonight they sleep in Moyale in Kenya. Tomorrow they plan on doing 250km to Marsabit, and then Wednesday is a big day – 340km to Nanyuki.


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STAGE 18-27/10


In pursuit of the the world record for the fastest crossing of Africa on Bicycles. Kinjah and 4 other athletes will attempt to cross Kenya in 3 and a half days. Their itinerary is as follows:
Tue 27th oct: Moyale – Marsabit
Wed 28th Oct: Marsabit-Nanyuki
Thur 29th Oct: Nanyuki-Nairobi
Fri 30th Oct: Nairobi- Arusha

Anyone who would like to support them can meet them along the route but all riders are strongly advised not assist the Carocap participants in any way including pacing them at any point of the ride.

Our first scheduled meeting point will be in Thika along the highway (will provide more info asap). The destination point will depend on the conditions and circumstances of the day with two options: Kikuyu or Kitengela. If Kikuyu we shall use the bypass leading from Ruiru-ruaka-wangige-kikuyu. If the riders will camp out in Kitengela we shall use the eastern by pass connecting to Mombasa road down to Kitengela.

Supporters can also join them for the last leg from Nairobi to Arusha, departure will be at 5am.

We shall give more conclusive information as it comes in.

For more info log in to

Lets support our Champions. Gods speed

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INSTAGRAM- via Kippaddawg

kippaddawg-It is not uncommon for ambushes to be staged by armed bandits here in Northern Kenya. For this reason we were forced to pay for the ‘protection’ of a couple of military personnel (who spent the day sleeping) to accompany us today as we cleared the border. I’m unsure if this #kalashnikov / #ak47 will help fight off a large scale banditry ambush or just escalate the situation, but it sure is fun to play gangster. #straightouttakenya #worldrecord #carocaprace


Yesterday the team rode across the Chelbe desert to Marsabit covering 270 km. With 9 hours of mixed roads, taxing crosswinds and armed support in Northern Kenya due to heavy bandit activity it was a challenging day! Today the guys are back on the road, all safe, and heading for Nanyuki.


The team are battling fierce crosswinds in the North Kenyan desert.