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My mother was a nurse and as a young child I thought nurses only worked in a hospital, until my mum became a school nurse, then I thought that nurses could either work in a hospital or as a school nurse.  I can only imagine that most of my school friends held the same opinion as me. Now, over thirty years later, there doesn’t seem to be much difference in how school children view the roles of nurses. I have held conversations with some of the children at the primary school I am...

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Joining the NHS as a newly qualified nurse can be a scary time so here’s some advice from one of our senior nurses in Gateshead. Well done. You’ve made it, all your hard work has paid off and you’re finally a registered nurse. It’s time to remove your invisible cloak and don your crisp new uniform with pride. However, the transition from student to fully qualified nurse can be quite daunting and it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous at the prospect. So, to help you stay calm and start...

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Not a blog - but a poem! You see, I am breaking the rules in style!  Narrative This poem is an original piece of work written while I was studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Education at the University of Leeds. The poem was inspired by the sculpture ‘Crawling’ by Sophie Ryder (see the image I attached) and gifted to me by Elaine Powley, Roger Higson and everyone in my Creative Arts Group.    Tell me again where you came from And all the things you have...

Rhian Last
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Two events have occurred during the last week which have really made me think about the term “Role model”.   What is a role model, who are my role models and why?   I guess when I put my mind to it a role model for me is someone who inspires me, to be the best version of me possible.  I've been incredibly lucky during my career to work alongside some outstanding role models, the kinds of people who raise all around them up to a higher level either by design or simply by being in their...

Peter Towns
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The Male Matron When one thinks of Matron most people’s minds immediately jump to Hattie Jacques in the carry-on films of the 1950’s.  Matron was known to be a formidable figure, a woman of staunch authority who kept our hospitals in check.  Matrons ruled the ward and their word was law. A key word in the above paragraph is “Woman”.  The term Matron is intrinsically linked to the female sex, indeed the Oxford Dictionary defines a matron as a “A woman in charge of domestic and medical...

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I began my nurse training straight from school at the age of 18 at Charles Frears College of Nursing and Midwifery in Leicester; my clinical duties were predominantly at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.  My cohort, 9209 was the third cohort in Leicester of the newly established Project 2000 course. For the majority of my 3 year training I, and my peers had to battle with challenge from the traditionally trained nurses that we were not going to make the grade.  However, my response every time...

Sarah Latham
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I also participated in the 30 day blogging challenge although I think I only made it to day 22ish due to workload. @studentcypnurse.wordpress.com I enjoy being an ambassador and looking forward to meeting new people 

Becky Tuohy-Hoy
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It is interesting to review the different perspectives of team members in an IT crisis.  working as I do in IT but with a clinical head, it changes and amplifies the difference in approach to the issue. While everybody is focused on getting the clinicians off paper and back onto their electronic record, my view is around the practicalities of the potential solutions offered and the ability to get them in quickly. Some of my IT from 3rd parties, are more of a 'meh' its down, its Friday we...

Francesca Dunn
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As we celebrate the 70thbirthday of the NHS, a new campaign has been launched to transform perceptions of nursing and midwifery. The aim of this campaign is not only to raise the profile of nurses and midwives, but also to improve recruitment and retention. ‘Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery’ was launched in May by Professor Jane Cummings, the Chief Nursing Officer for England, and includes twelve 30-day challenges to keep the momentum going for a full year. You can register...

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This is my first blog as an Ambassador for Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery, in fact this is my first blog ever! This is day 3 of the 30 day challenge, setting up a blog to tell the world what a fabulous and rewarding career that I feel so fortunate to have. Such a varied career with some very interesting twists and turns but I have never once regretted my choice of career. Day 1- The challenge was setting up the blog, ok, this took me three days (That’s quite impressive when you...

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