Episode 5 - What Happens When the Wolf Comes Home With You?


Published: 25 May 2016

Welcome to episode five of the Ausmed Handover podcast: What Happens When The Wolf Comes Home With You? (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

What happens when the wolf comes home with you? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is virtually ignored as a phenomenon amongst nurses. Every day, nurses see, feel and hear things that would be wholly intolerable to the public: trauma of the worst possible kind in every conceivable manifestation. Yet we are expected by our colleagues, managers and the public alike to ‘suck it up and get on with the job’. Nurses do just that, but the price of this stoicism can be catastrophic.

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Portrait of Darren Wake
Darren Wake

Peripatetic and always intellectually restless, Darren Wake has pursued varied careers in journalism, media production, academic philosophy and nursing. As a nurse, he worked in the speciality areas of critical care, community care, remote area healthcare and education. As a formally qualified academic philosopher Darren taught undergraduate units in law and ethics in healthcare, although his principle research focus revolved around logic and the philosophy of language. Darren’s media production output can be found scattered about the Ausmed website and in his long forgotten days as a word monkey, he wrote for European publications such as The Scotsman, The Great Outdoors, Country Walking and The Times. In 2014 Darren consulted to the Department of Health for the development of Consumer Directed Care policy and guidelines for remote area communities in the Northern Territory. These days he is the managing editor of a small independent publishing company based in the United Kingdom, and lives in Tasmania. In his spare time, Darren is currently studying a formal course in celestial navigation, just in case the inevitable zombie apocalypse messes with the world’s GPS satellite system. See Educator Profile