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It finally comes to an end. It has been fun writing this blog, so I am grateful for the challenge. As for the last post, I have no idea on tips. I'm rather rubbish at advice but here goes. Always stick with what you believe in. Don't give up your principles. Make sure you carry on as you expect you should. Treat your patients how you would like to be treated or how you would test your own family. Keep striving for the best of the best. Don't every stop learning and suiting new...

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I'm not very good at feeling proud. I tend to downplay my achievements. The times I did celebrate my achievements seemed to end up being a horrible experience. So here is my proudest moment but with a bittersweet ending. I've mentioned many times now I did a biological science degree before going into nursing. Genetics was my favourite subject, yes I've always been odd. I ended up in nursing but still enjoyed genetics and especially rare diseases. I remember working as a cardiothoracic...

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It really depends on what nursevyou are describing. We come in all different forms with different attributes. It is what makes us work so well together as we can compliment each other. I will there's use 5 words which describes myself as a nurse. Compassionate. I disagree with many in that I don't think you can learn this trait. You are either compassionate or you aren't. I often put others before myself as this is just who I am. I am naturally empathetic and believe this helps me...

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I come from a large family but nursing definitely does not feature highly. I did not know any relatives who were nursing or doctors, and healthcare was not an area I ever thought of as a career. Now though I have two cousins who are nurses, one who has been a children's nurse a lot longer than I've been nurse and another who went into mental health nursing. I wish I could say I came from a long line of nurses, my great nan was in the crimes wiping generous brows, my nan was in the first...

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I'm not sure I have one. Perhaps my amazing ability to act normal although I think I fail at this. Obviously my hidden talent is so hidden I haven't even found it yet.

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Is it wise to talk about nurse pet peeves? Is this what annoys me about other nurses or being a nurse? I don't like nurses who cut corners. They try to do the bare minimum and really you ask yourself why they even went into nursing. Those nurses who always look disinterested and as if they would rather be elsewhere. I have unfortunately met bad nurses, lazy nurses and nasty nurses. I don't like those nurses who take all the credit, show nonrecognition to those around them, and would...

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I follow many people on Twitter, probably too many. I find Twitter a useful tool as it always me to keep in touch with others in my profession as well as keeping up to date with new technologies, news etc. As research is very important to me I follow NIHR Research @OfficialNIHR. It is good to keep up to date with what's happening in the national institute of health research. I also follow west Midlands genomic medicine centre, @westmidsgmc from my pre lots job being involved in the 100,000...

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There have been many nurses who have influenced me over the years. I remember my manager at Heartlands whilst I was working on the admissions lounge and pre op assessment. She always believed in you and thought you could achieve anything if you put your mind to it. It is perhaps a sign too that today is #hellomynameis day. Kate Granger was an amazing person who used her experiences to improve those of others. Ok she's not a nurse, but still inspirational. My other inspirational nurse...

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One of the most important things I must do on every shift is have my morning caramel latte from Costa. I am not a morning person so any help I can get to wake up is a good thing. Another thing I do on every shift is have a quick catch up with my work colleagues and work out what we are doing for the day. E-mails are checked every day to check if I have any important messages, data queries or meetings. Data is another major part of my day. In research there's is always data to...

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It's definitely not the money or child friendly hours that's for sure, but there is something magical about being a nurse. You don't hear people making fun out of nurses, other than nurses themselves. We are proud to tell people we are a nurse. It is one of those professions held in high esteem by the public. Money isn't everything, but being appreciated is. There are some exceptions but on the majority we are respected and as I have said on numerous occasions an honour to help people....

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My husband would quickly say nothing makes me happy and I enjoy being miserable. Maybe being miserable makes me happy? Anyways here is a list of some of my favourite things. I will stop myself singing and dancing around the living room. 1. I love reading. I read everything and anything. I'm an introvert so I like nothing less than snuggling up on the sofa reading a good book. I can immerse myself in a new reality. I can experience anything I want to. Who needs to go through the stress of...

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Now I wonder what this possibly could be. I guess my interests are around culture, organisational, research, everything, buts it's not exactly exciting. I had many discussions with fellow nursing around the Stafford Hospital affair which got everyone talking about organisational culture. Would you feel comfortable being a whistle blower and challenging poor care. We ask this question and people seem incredulous that the answer wasn't always yes. It is extremely difficult to challenge...

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I must admit I'm hopeless at finding and reading nurse blogs. I struggle finding the time to write my own. I have to say I do enjoy reading others when I find them. Most often if I have a comment I can follow back to their blog. I think however I have made things difficult for myself choosing blogger as my platform. Everyone seems to use WordPress. I did try to set up a WordPress first but couldn't work put how to get a free one. Anyway here are a few I have managed to find and read....

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This is an interesting one. I already had a science degree before I went into nursing. I decided to do thevdiploma in nursing more for financial reasons than the expectations of acadamia. It seemed daft at the time that you got a bursary for the diploma but nothing if you studies the degree. I was a single parent with a 1 year old when I decided to do my nursing. I just couldn't afford to do the degree, but it didntnbithervme already having a degree. It also meant I could do my course in...

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Most likely rocking back and forth in a corner of a padded room! When I first qualified I knew where I wanted to be. It may be due to not realising just how many paths were available to me. I went straight into cardiothoracic nursing, and I thought I would stay forever in this speciality. I would start as a staff nurse free D then get my grade E. This is how old I am. Those grades no longer exist! I was proud to get a grade E post before we lost that senior nurse role to the AFC band 5....

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This really isn't my comfort zone. I don't do self care. I rarely manage to look after myself so not really able to give tips. Any tips would probably be things I ignore myself! We all know what we are meant to do, just not so easy to do it. Here's a few. Always take time to have your meal break at work. You need the break and keep up energies. Try not to work over, and if you do, get the time back. Be happy in your job. If you aren't, ask why and can you change it? Talk...

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It has been a long time since I was a student nurse. Way back in 2001 was when I started on that fabulous project 2000. Therefore if my memories are a tad blurry, it was 17 years ago! Casting my mind back, I must say my favourite placement was in A+E. I absolutely loved this area. Now I always will Say I'm rubbish in an emergency situation. I definitely trigger my flight responsevrather than my fight. This isn't exactly ideal as a nurse. I guess I am a controlled person and like to know...

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Those who know me will more than likely know this storey already. In truth I never wanted to be a nurse. It was never a career I ever considered at school. This may have been because I was rebelling and did not want to do any careers associated with women's jobs. Yes I'm a bit of a feminist and I was very naive back then. What set me on the road to nursing was an incident which occurred on the 16th April 2000. This was the day I gave birth to my first child Charlotte. I was 21 at the...

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This isn't the healthiest of meals. Today I had a sausage roll and a small portion of curly fries. I'm not very good at eating when I'm at work. I don't know what it is but I never feel hungry. Now if only that continued when I was at home :-) I always think I should make sandwiches or bring other food in to work, but I always forget. Even my my husband makes me a sandwich I end up with a text at work saying, have you forgot something? Yes I forget them all the time. I think this is...

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As anyone who knows me, I am always telling terrible jokes. Even as a student nurse years ago on the urology ward, I remember the nurse kept getting me to tell the patients my jokes. I find telling jokes are so much better than seeing them written down but I'm not ready for posting a video of myself yet. Many jokes I really can't tell as they are far too rude. This joke makes me smile just for the sheer daftness and use of word play. Two nuns are driving along when all of a...

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Honestly speaking, lots of rubbish. Everything seems to end up in my bag, and I have to change it after a short while because it usually falls apart. Most important is my uniform. I travel on public transport so I always change into my uniform at work and change back again when I finally escape. It usually ends being screwed up being squeezed into my bag, but it kinda works. There is also loads of pens usually sitting at the bottom of my bag. I can never find one when I want one, but...

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My most current goal would be to be able to get another band 7 post. I have had some experience as a band 7 and would like to continue my career progression within research. I hear what people say about whether bands are important, but I'm at the top of band 6 and progression has halted. It is a status symbol, i understand that, but it's important to me. It's like being able to call myself a research sister rather than a research nurse. I know it's semantics but I guess it's the era I did my...

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This is probably my most difficult post. For some reason I don't really listen to music very often anymore. I used to listen all the time but not so much now. These songs will most likely be old. First song is, We are the champions by Queen. Always a song to get you on your feet, clapping your hands and stomping your feet. Second song is Good riddance, time of your life by Green day. Just love the lyrics and makes me nostalgic. Third song is champagne supernova by Oasis. Another...

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There is no doubt that the nursing profession has changed remarkably over the last 70 years in the NHS. If a 1948 nurse saw what we did nowadays they would be astounded. We are far more autonomous, more specialised and more skilled than ever before. We resemble Doctors more and more and our duties have blurred over the years. We have a far greater choice in career pathways as a nurse. What other profession could choose to work on a cruise ship, in other countries, working in the forces,...

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Well the NHS made it! 70 years old today. Congratulations on making it to this momentous milestone. How far we have come in 70 years. When I think of some of the achievements we have accomplished in a relatively short period of time, I feel extremely proud of the NHS. We aren't perfect but then who is? People are treated for need not by how much money they have. Imagine what it would be like to have to pay for all our treatments? Your in an accident and the ambulance will not treat...

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Dream job. I have to say I am very close to having my dream job. I absolutely love working in research. I feel extremely privileged to work in this specialist area of nursing.  Every day can bring a different challenge, and I thrive on the uniqueness. As a research nurse, I find I have more time to spend with my patients and are often able to foster a great relationship with them. It's an incredible feeling knowing you are at the very forefront of new technology,  pioneering...

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Hi all. There are so many lovely quotes out there and I couldn't pick just one. Here are my two favourites. SOMETIMES I INSPIRE MY PATIENTS; MORE OFTEN THEY INSPIRE ME. Unknown author I have chosen this quote because as a nurse I am just as affected by all the patients I have met on my nursing journey, and I hope they have made me a better nurse. I learn so much by seeing how people go through adversaries.  The compassion, caring, and love I see from family members makes me...

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Here are a few facts about me. 1. I have 4 children, 2 of each. 2. I'm married, sometimes happily

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Who am I and what do I do? That is indeed an interesting question and one I hope to at least answer in my intro. Simple things first, my name is Emma Virgilio, and I have reached the hefty milestone of 40, and so my challenge is to start blogging again. This time with another interest of mine, my work. In a professional format, I am a semi experienced research nurse, having worked in this fascinating area  for the last 6 years. When I saw the communities.org challenge for 70 nurses and...

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Blogging about my job as a research nurse with all the trials and tribulations.

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Emma Virgilio

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Joined this community on Jul 31, 2018

Bio Research nurse for 6 years and nursing for a total of 16 years. Love anything to do with research, genomics and organisational culture.

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