Healthcare professionals can feel challenged at times, which is why we’ve put together this list of inspiring TED Talk clips to put that spring back in your step.

Can technology used in developing countries help overcome the challenge of healthcare delivery in rural communities of Australia? Dr Ari Isman reflects on his experiences working in geographically isolated hospitals and explores how inspiring solutions can be found in places we least expect.

Nurses can remind us who we are, or who we are meant to be. Chrissie reminds us the importance of compassion and acknowledges compassion fatigue.

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Bestselling Author Nigel Marsh, speaking at TEDxSydney states that finding the balance between work and life is an ongoing battle. We need to steer away from an overly simplistic notion that the person with the most money when he dies wins, to a more thoughtful and balanced view of what a life well-lived looks like. The smallest investment in the right places can radically transform the quality of your relationships and the quality of your life.

A nursing and midwifery academic, Lynore Geia has a passion for Indigenous health, building family strength and Indigenous led community development. Lynore’s work with community has extended into the use of social media for public health activism and advocacy such as #IHMayDay an annual 15 hour Twitter event convened and moderated by Lynore in collaboration with public health journalist Melissa Sweet and other health professionals.

In this TED Talk conducted in 2016 in San Juan Island, Registered nurse, Kathleen Bartholomew shares her story of how communication paved the path to understanding. She explains how communication can change the perceptions and mental barriers ingrained in the hierarchical culture of nurses. Kathleen’s story has inspired other nurses and those in the healthcare industry to change their perception of the field.

In 2016, a TED Talk held at the Texas Woman’s University, saw student nurse, Madelyn Blair share insightful anecdotes on not only self-care but also self-awareness. Madelyn stresses the importance of these aspects when providing care to patients. She touches on the lesser spoken of humanising aspects that are essential in the field of nursing and healthcare in her heartfelt message.

From a public health advocate to author and nurse, Sana Goldberg wears many hats. Here, in her Harvard College address TED Talk, she calls for a change in perceptions about the profession. She also draws on the parallels nursing strikes with professionals in the liberal arts field. Goldberg is a graduate with specific specialization in behavioural neuroscience and humanities. She draws the lines between nursing and the bigger questions of life. In addition, Goldberg is the founder of the magazine ‘Nightingale’ which aims to link nurses with patients and communities.

Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal – until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar. An inspiring story of an unstoppable spirit.