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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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The August Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery challenge is ‘Break the Rules’.  Ambassadors have been invited to run sessions with the focus on coming together as a group and discussing that if you had the chance to break, challenge or change any rules in service of a better experience or outcome for patients and staff, what would it be? What "Permissions" do we want to grant to enable us to offer a better experience or outcome for patients and staff? I found running the...

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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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This will be a tricky one to answer, I love music. My taste in music varies so much, my music in my car ranges from melodic metal (or “that screamo rubbish” as the children like to call it) rock, 80s, French bands and Greek music! Certainly eclectic,  like me Music has always played a huge part in my life, most of my memories have songs linked in with them, I have songs that remind me of people, places, feelings…. Driving home from work with music on loud in the car is a real stress...

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Day 4 challenge. What is my dream nursing job? I’ve had a wonderful career so far with a few dream jobs and I know this sounds really corny but I think I already have my dream job. I haven’t really introduced myself and my role yet, I am the Lead Nurse for Primary Care Quality at NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group. I was a practice nurse in a busy, friendly GP practice for many years, (this is a dream job) I got to know our patients, their families, the community. In primary...

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ooh this is a challenge, where do I start? 1- I started my nurse training back in 1989 at Scunthorpe General Hospital, I’ll be honest, I chose Scunthorpe as it was far enough away from home to live in nurses accommodation but near enough to get home when I ran out of money (which wasn’t a rare occasion) but it was a perfect choice, I made lifelong friends and learned so much. I loved it. 2- I always wanted to be a nurse and I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything else. 3- I’m not...

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I’m sitting here with my morning coffee in the sunshine, thinking long and hard about this question, it’s a tricky one. There have been fears around changes in the profession for many years, fears that I feel were unfounded. There were fears when student nurses no longer trained in Schools of Nursing and when nurse education became university based, somehow the hands-on care skills would be lost. In my opinion this certainly hadn’t happened, instead our profession has been strengthened,...

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As the NHS turns 70 and I’ve been in the NHS for 29 of those years, my challenge is to write a letter to myself, starting out as a student nurse in 1989.  Dear Zara,  Right now you’re standing in the beautiful wooden panelled entrance hall of Scunthorpe General Hospital, wondering what lies ahead….oooh my lovely, you have no idea! You are feeling really nervous, although you’ve always wanted to be a nurse you don’t know if you’re capable of this, was your teacher right? Are you clever...

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“Share your story here…” is what is in the grey shadowed out writing which is before I start writing about me & my story. Pretty apt, no? So, the NHS Horizons 30 day challenge for July is to share a blog every days. The featured image is what each of those blogs will contain. And as a journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step, this is MY single step. My blogs name is “Daniel’s Diary”, the reason I am keeping a blog is because it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was...

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For day 2 of the NHS Horizons, I am going to share 20 facts about me! However, I am not that interesting but maybe it’ll help you to know me better! My full name is Daniel Connor Louis Gooding. I am engaged to Lucy May Mason and we are going to get married on 29th August 2020! I have a large family both biological and otherwise, with 6 siblings! And because of my chosen family, I have quite a strong French influence! My God Son is named Jack and is 5 years old. My favourite...

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Given that today is the day I am attending an NHS70 event, I’m sure there will be more great nursing quotes along the way, but for now, I’m going to look at my favourite nursing quote or quotes, as there is more than one. “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams This quote has essentially gotten me through every difficult moment in my nurse training. And I think with nursing developing as a profession, no longer being...

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My partner will tell you that I am a dreamer. That I would like the opportunity to try many roles in nursing. My “go to” career ambition at present in an Advance Nurse Practitioner in PICU, retrieval & perhaps. Accident & Emergency. I love the perfect blend of nursing and medical care, and I feel it would quench my thirst for knowledge – However, I am better with Applied Science. In other words I need to see it to understand it. That isn’t a terrible thing but it means that one has...

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Today, I am going to talk a little bit about why I love the NHS and share my reflections from attending an event celebrating #NHS70. Working within the NHS isn’t always easy and a lot of the news around the NHS has been to do with the lack of funding, resources and personnel, so it’s refreshing to see the positivity and gratitude that has been swept across social media, in particular today, as it is the NHS 70th Birthday! I love the NHS not least because it has saved Lucy’s lives at least...

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This topic is one that I haven’t really thought about, so this blog will be rolling with my thoughts, with occasional commentary from Stuart Young. So, what are my fears about the future of Nursing? RN Numbers It has been well publicised that in the next 10 years, 1/3 of the Registered Nurse workforce is due to retired. One in three. That is a huge amount and whilst that could lead to opportunities for nurses to develop their career, that will put serious strain on society and without...

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As with most people, music is amazing at influencing my mood and I find it intriguing how the music we listen too changes our moods. Today’s blog is looking at what my top 5 favourite motivational songs are. 5)  Emeli Sandé – Read all about it What I love about this song is how raw it comes across. This song is the first of two from Emeli Sandé. I have listened to the same album since my access course. This song encourages me to try and to make a difference, spreading positivity as...

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Really enjoyed collaborating with our fantastic team at “The Student Nurse Project” for day 14, which is all about self care, of the NHS Horizons 30 day blog challenge. Enjoy! The Student Nurse Project Everyone at The Student Nurse Project understands that at times it is hard to remain positive, to be motivated, especially with most of us struggling to put ourselves first. With self-care being a concept that’s being discussed over and over again on social media we...

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I love taking photographs. They tell so many stories. So, instead of sharing just one photograph, I am going to show a few photographs and tell short stories behind them. This photo was taken after a play in my Grandmothers church. I don’t remember much but I look dead pleased with myself! I use to rule the world, Seas would rise when I gave the word. London Temple of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I spent a fair bit of time around this stunning building, it’s an LDS...

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What is my favourite thing about being a nurse? What  is  my favourite thing about being a nurse? It could be the knowledge of learning how people work, inside and out. It could be administering to the sick, serving those in need. It could be that nurses influence policy at local, national and international levels. It could be that nursing research is making strides and breaking down barriers. It could be about not being sat at a desk with every day being different. It could be the power to...

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Every shift is different however here are a few things that are ingrained and become habit, and I’ll explain why I have mentioned them! 1) Safety checks. Basic, yes. Important? Very. I’m putting safety checks in here because of how crucial they are; Oxygen Suction Name bands Obviously, some trusts have more safety checks, but I believe these are critical. With these three checks, you know you have the right patient and that your basic life support equipment is working! 2) Talk...

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Firstly, I want to acknowledge the fact that I love to be a nurse. With that said, there are something that early bug me. I can deal with endless shifts and body fluids and people deteriorating. But here are some things that just make me tick; – When people treat nurses as if we are servants or punching bags. NO! WE ARE HERE TO CARE FOR YOU NOT TO LET YOU ABUSE US. Noone goes to work to get abuse. In relation to this, the “Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill 2017-2019 reached...

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My hidden talents are well… Hidden. To the point where I had to ask Lucy what they are. And whilst I wait for her reply, I just want to share a fabulous quote which applies to every single one of us. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”. Do not worry if you do not feel that you are talented, or talented enough, because hard work trumps talent. And there is also in interesting correlation between those who are work hard and how lucky they are. Through out my training I...

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Picking just five words to describe a nurse is difficult. The thing about being a nurse is that your a part of an undervalued, underpaid profession. Nobody comes in to nursing for the money, however through the last couple of years of my nursing degree, I have seen a huge increase in nurse activism. I have stood shoulder to shoulder with nurses who have marched through London. I have heard their rally cry’s and joined in their battle call. And in a way, this 30 day challenge is a part of a...

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I had always wanted to be a nurse and as a 12 year old I joined the local branch of the British Red Cross as a cadet. This introduced me into the basics of First Aid, Nursing, baby and Child Care, Anatomy and Physiology and Safety of Medicines all this alongside the worldwide work of the BRC and its call to assist in the field of disaster events e.g. flooding, earthquakes, War. I gained the award of The British Red Cross Junior Grand Proficiency medal just as I was about to leave school at...

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My family (those I class as family) has three sides. But because I wanted to make this informed and special, I had to ask my family about this, hence why it is a little later than planned. What I found out though, is extraordinary. Some of the reflections from my Grandparents are longer than other family members as they are retired and are able to share their stories. I would like to take a moment to remember those who have gone before too. My Dad’s family has a lot of healthcare...

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Most student nurses will feel imposter syndrome at some point or another. I know I have and I previously blogged about it here. Through out my training, I have had so many moments that reflecting back on, I am proud of, and as not to just pick one, I am going to share several with you. This isn’t because I think I am better than anyone, not at all. It is about encouraging other to share their achievement. It’s about helping myself realise what I have achieved over the years. I have...

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Your nursing degree is likely to be one of the hardest undertaking so far.  However, You can do it. These 5 tips, I hope, will be relevant to Student Nurses across the board. Always remember why you chose nursing. As I have mentioned, nursing is difficult. At times you will struggle and most likely cry. However, that is okay. By remembering why you chose nursing, it will give you strength. Remember what you thought nursing was before you started your degree. On the journey to becoming...

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I find the title of this brilliant campaign exhilarating, but I like being able to reflect on what it means to me. Why am I a part of it? The truth is, I battled between what I wanted to do. Medicine, nursing & paramedic. And at times, I do question my decision. Although, I never doubt. I find that by questioning my decisions allows me to see clarity, but I try not to doubt them. So, why did I pick nursing? Why did I choose child nursing? Why Nursing? With nursing, I have seemingly...

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As a nurse, I know I have a long career ahead of me, and I like to make myself goals and targets, and whilst some of these things may seem a bit naive, I believe that as nurses have the opportunity to make huge huge differences. I obviously plan on ticking things off and adding things, and I’d love to know what sort of things make up your nursing bucket list. 1. APPLY FOR AND GET OFFERS TO DO A (HONS) BSC CHILDREN’S NURSING COURSE. 2. GET INVOLVED IN THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF NURSING. 3....

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Jack Adcock was a 6 year old boy who sadly died on 18th February 2011. From what I have read, Jack, who had Down syndrome, was admitted due to sickness and diarrhoea. Later that evening he went into cardiac arrest due to sepsis. At the time of the arrest, there was a tragic mistake when a do not resuscitate order was mistakenly understood to have been in place for Jack, it was in fact for another child. To what I understand, Dr Bawa-Garba, was the doctor and the nurse who was prosecuted,...

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Dear Nursing Student, Welcome to the world of nursing. I was in your shoes  three short years ago. Note, I say short, because this time as a nursing student will fly by. Believe it or not, you are at the beginning of an amazing journey. A career in nursing can take you anywhere, from wards, to advanced clinical roles, into management, research, education, policy creation, and more. I trained at London South Bank University, my partner at the University of Birmingham, and my friends who...

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My dream job was a difficult blog for me as these so many possibilities within nurse profession but it’s hard to pin down on what I want to do but they are two clear paths I feel that I may go down. The first is an advanced clinical practitioner either in an emergency setting or GP practice as I like the idea of being more accountable for the decisions and treatment. The other pathway is leadership and transformation, my previous degree is in professional studies which focused on change...

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I feel this Key to being a Nurse. always put the patient at the centre of everything when things are not going right on shift I remember this. This reminds me of the hard work I have put into becoming a nurse and work I still need to develop my pratice

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Okay so here is my 20 things about me. I hope you enjoy it and learn a bit about me. I ) I absolutely love living in Norfolk I enjoy the beaches, the countryside the actual city of Norwich which sweet and Unique it might not be big but it’s definitely a fine city! 2) I have an amazing son who makes me proud in every way. Looking forward to supporting and watch him achieve his dreams. 3) I have two gorgeous fabulous younger sisters. One of my sisters has...

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Thanks for joining me! Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. Henry David Thoreau So my blog is about the tales of the newly qualified just like the fabulous Charlotte diary NQN I really want to get in contact with newly qualified nurses, students and experienced staff to discuss issues I may come across, learn and share practice ideas and discuss the future of the nursing profession. my blogging name is newly qualified nurse eastern as this...

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I am very proudly an Ambassador of Nursing as part of the Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery 30 day challenges run by NHS Horizons ( @horizonsnhs ). July’s challenge is to write a blog post to celebrate achievements and innovation in Nursing and Midwifery. But, to take it that step further, the lovely Charlotte has challenged us all via  @BloggersNurse  to participate in a challenge every day during July. Now, that doesn’t necessarily have to be a blog every single...

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Vlog: https://twitter.com/JessLSainsbury/status/1013420851612585984

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It often comes as a bit of surprise when people find out that the district nursing service is 24 hours and 7 days a week. Recently my husband (a paramedic) was called out to a patient requiring a catheter change that the out of hours doctor had booked to be seen at hospital, luckily my husband is aware of our service workings due to my shifts and was able to have the patient redirected and seen within their own home, stopping an unnecessary hospital admission.  However not everyone is so...

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5 top tips in nursing... 1. Self care - take time for yourself whether that is a 10 minute break or a two week holiday. Make sure you nourish yourself, especially hydration! And talk to someone if you have a bad day or experience. You can't look after others without first looking after yourself. 2. Never stop learning - There is new cpd and evidence published all the time, make sure you keep up to date and learn new things, it's what makes us a great profession! 3. Always treat other...

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My proudest moment is actually nothing to do with nursing and everything to do with my kids, but I do have a nursing moment which sticks out as something that I am proud of... In my first placement of first year I undertook a 12 week placement on an orthopaedic ward, I had been there for 9 weeks and had progressively seen one of the patients improve after surgery to the point that she was able to mobilize well and was due for discharge the next day. That morning when I came on shift she...

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5 words that describe nursing... In the current climate I am sure that there are many negative words that could be used but I am going to keep away from them. 1. Decision Makers- Nurses are often required to make important and sometimes life or death decisions and need to be able to decide what is most important from the list of tasks all day every day. 2. Educators - Whether it is a student, another member of staff or a patient we are always educating others, this can be through health...

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There are no nurses in my immediate family, most of them are engineers including my uncles and brother and both of my parents are self employed: www.paperlace.co.uk and IM Plumbing Edinburgh However in my extended family we have my great gran (who is now 100) who was an old nursing auxiliary, my dads cousin who is a HCA in mental health, his wife who is a nurse in our community hospital, their niece (who I think of as a cousin) who is a carer in learning disabilities. Then from my...

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My favourite thing about being a nurse is easy... it is being able to do something that makes the patients life just a little bit easier. It can be big things such as healing a wound and discharging them or it can be the little things such as making them a cup of tea.

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I am lucky in that I work a fairly short shift in comparison to the wards, I start at 8 and finish at 4:30 and have a 45-50 minute journey to and from work each way, I tend to eat breakfast on the way to work in the car so it is normally a breakfast biscuit or a few oatcakes and I have a coffee or some fruit juice at handover at 9am back at the office after my early visits are done. After that we are back out to do visits and I usually carry a bottle of water and a bottle of diluting juice...

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Whether or not nursing should be a degree always seems to be debated, it seems that most people who are degree educated nurses think that it should be a degree while many of those who were educated 'on the job' don't think that it should. Personally I think it's a difficult question, while I am degree educated, in fact I have two degrees, I feel that there seems to be a great inconsistency in the way that universities teach nursing and that leaves some people at a disadvantage. I do think...

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I have managed to fall behind a bit so here is day 17 of the nurse bloggers challenge which asks for my 5 favorite blogs. So difficult to choose only 5! Here are 5 that I enjoy reading but are definitely not the only 5 that I like! 1. Student Nurse Project at https://studentnurseproject.co.uk/ 2. Charlotte at https://diaryofanqn.wordpress.com/ 3. Craig at  https://craigsconsiderations.wordpress.com/ 4. Dann at https://dannsjournal.wordpress.com/ 5. Ewout at...

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This one is very hard for me as I love music, I love playing it, listening to it and for me music has helped to heal on a number of occasions and is one of my first go to things when I feel down. I enjoy different types of music at different times and will likely be caught listening to and playing every type of music from classical to rock but with that in mind I have chosen 5 of my favourite songs: 1. Cold Play: Viva La Vida - this song reminds me of a lovely band that I met abroad, lots...

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I am a nurse and I think I pretty much already have my dream job. If anyone has had time to read my previous blog posts you will know that I knew before qualifying that I wanted to be a community nurse and I was lucky enough to get a position straight from qualified. I doubt that I will ever take any other course in nursing and hope to continue within district nursing until I retire (although I will be older than some of my patients by then! Hopefully my knees hold out!) I love community...

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Best joke a patient has told you? Why was the doctor shouting Measles! Typhoid! Tetanus? Because he liked calling the shots :) I'm sure I have heard a few more that are unrepeatable! Lynsay x

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Day 6 of the @bloggersnnurse challenge is what do you fear in the future of nursing. For me this falls into two parts: self fear and fear for the nursing profession overall. As a newly qualified member of staff I have many self fears, I worry that I will not recognise that a patient is deteriorating, I worry that I will do something wrong that may hurt a patient, I worry that the increasingly extra paperwork will mean that I don't have time for my patients and I worry about not coping if...

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Ok so I have decided to write a blog about community nursing as a newly qualified nurse and take part in the @bloggersnurse 30 day challenge...not promising that these will be on time or the correct day but I will try my best!  I missed the first day yesterday but I guess that the above kind of covers that one so I am going to move straight on to day 2 which is 20 facts about me... 1. I am from Scotland and love learning about our history as awful as it sometimes is. 2. I am a mother before...

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