Alison Taylor

Critical Care Nurse, Hunter New England Local Health Network
Newcastle, Nsw, Australia

About Alison


I'm Ally, a 23 year old Critical Care Nurse from Newcastle, Australia. I also study Arts (Major-Literature/Composition). I grew up in rural Australia, and have a very close family.



Areas of Expertise

Critical Care - Nursing, Anaesthetics/ Recovery- Nursing, Emergency- Nursing

An idea worth spreading

Take 3 for the Sea.

I'm passionate about

Marine conservation; Indigenous Health; Astronomy; Nursing; Surfing; Acoustic Guitar; Cycling; Hiking and Writing.

Talk to me about

The Outdoors; the universe; healthcare; cycling; environmentalism; music; the human brain; and most importantly, your ideas!

People don't know I'm good at

Classical Spanish Guitar

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Alison Taylor
Posted about 3 years ago
What type of feedback do you seek in your work and on your ideas and from whom do you seek it?
As a nurse, foremost I seek feedback from patients themselves, and from their families. I endeavour to understand how their experience has been so far, and how it can be improved. This is where I learn the most…from those most affected by my actions. I look for feedback on my clinical skills from nurse educators. I do however find that negative feedback in the healthcare setting (whether from colleagues or clients) will always surface briskly, whether you seek it or not; and often harshly, as opposed to as constructive criticism. What I feel is lacking in my profession (and perhaps this occurs in others) is positive feedback from one another (between both nurses and between health professionals), I feel during nurse handover we should exploit the opportunity to commend our fellow staff on their good work, or acknowledge that they have had a very difficult day. This would promote a feeling of success and enjoyment in our field of work, which often (unfortunately) can be a very unenjoyable and taxing profession. Basically I always seek out feedback, and if it is on how I could would be more beneficial if delivered 'kindly'. Perhaps naïvely, I think both the enthusiasm with which we approach our work, and the longevity of our stay in the profession would increase if we took the time to give one another a simple pat on the back, and were thoughtful in the way we approached administering feedback.