Elaine Lee

Elaine Lee

I am a midwife of 20 years and am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, responsible for internationalisation in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. I am a lead educator with the SISSC


  • I think it's important to remember that it's his baby, and that we only have the midwife's view on the father's behaviour. For me it's about helping people to look after their babies safely rather than saying what they should and shouldn't do.

  • How do you feel about Sue's comment that she is compassionate with those who deserve it?

  • Bereavement is a complex area of compassionate care because individual responses and needs vary so much. Are there techniques from the previous weeks that you could use to help here? we would all want to be compassionate but how would we achieve that?

  • @MargaretT In that way it's the sharing of knowledge with others that gives them power.

  • Sounds lovely.

  • I suspect you're not alone with that.

  • I suppose it's about listening to other perspectives rather than doing what other people say.

  • There are so many good examples here. It realy does show that our experience of compassion can be quite subjective and individual.

  • Good to see we still have more people joining the course. Welcome. I hope you will share your ideas with your fellow learners.

  • Should a badge make a difference? If the obvious thing to do is introduce yourself and your role then that should happen anyway.

  • Do you think that's always the case or has it been your experience?

  • Is it just the layout? What is it about waiting rooms and reception areas that causes people to be silent, even when they know each other?

  • It's true that context is a factor in the extent to which we can use these tools.

  • These are all great contributions. Even reading some of them (Duran Duran!) is transporting me to another time and place.

  • There have been a few comments about dental practice and whether or not compassionate approaches are embedded. I wonder why dentistry has not traditionally focused on this.

  • We will see if we can get you the information in another way. Apologies. That's very frustrating.

  • Do you think perhaps we make assumptions that people are more willing to question professionals?

  • It's great to see that you found them helpful.

  • Do you think it is coincidence that there is congruence in the different frameworks that support practice.

  • Elaine Lee made a comment

    Thank you for all your contributions so far. There are lots of examples around friends and family. This makes me wonder about ways of ensuring the people are not denied access to the impotyant people in their lives when they need them most. In the past, healthcare in particular hasn't been good at that. Is it getting better?

  • This is lovely. I don't think this is all that different from the horse. Yes the horse itself was big but all that was required was for the staff to wheel a bed into a car park. Perhaps it's just about seeing what's possible and being open to that.

  • This is an interesting experience. Would you say that the compassion was in recognising this helped you, or the fact that the nurse recognised your autonomy?

  • Elaine Lee made a comment

    Welcome to those of you who are just getting started. Nice to see you and to see the range of backgrounds.

  • Interesting last point. I hope the workload level stays manageable and the environment remains happy.

  • Are you able to share the study name?

  • What about choice? What if they don't want to complete it or don't see it as useful? How do we meet their needs?

  • Could this be covered better by asking, how are you today? Is there anything I need to know?

  • Does this link back to the concept of the grand gesture?

  • I love that. What an inspired approach to communicating.

  • This is a very thoughtful post. Is it in your job that you're feeling the senses are being more fulfilled? What has changed?

  • And not being the only one who wants to change.

  • Why do you think that is? Could you lower your threshold for celebration or is it more complicated than that?

  • Might this approach support you to achieve this?

  • Would being more conscious or deliberate about it help increase consistency?

  • Why do you think that is?

  • @CFraser It's not so much the compassion but specific gaols that you might identify to achieve compassion such as introducing yourself to patients. You might set some SMART outcomes relating to that goal.

  • There are some really good contributions here. Thank you for engaging so well and keep up the good work. Great sharing of ideas and perspectives.

  • I don't think this is an extreme view. It's an expression of person-centredness isn't it?

  • So who looks after you?

  • Your example is very interesting. Small gestures are often without the need for resources, so how do we ensure that something bigger, that would benefit more people over a sustained period of time, period receive the investment required? Does compassion always have to be free or easy?

  • This sounds like a very instinctive approach to compassion.

  • This is a really good example of where it's the little things that are often the most impactful in showing compassion.