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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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This is a topic that comes up again and again in student nursing forums and chats, can you go straight into community or should you get ward experience first? The simple answer is that you can and it is entirely up to you if you want to go straight into community or onto the wards first. For me, I was lucky to receive a district nursing placement as a first year student and I remember being terrified when my mentor asked me on the first day to get her some aquacell and kerramax dressings...

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So, I don’t have many nursing related photos that I would be happy to share but this is one of them This is from my 2nd year when I won a scholarship award from the Cavell Nurses Trust. It was a very special day and it validated the hard work I’d put in to my degree by that stage as well as inspiringe through the rest of my degree. It might not be a pic of me in my uniform but for me this very proud moment in my nursing career. It’s something to remember when I’m having a bad day and...

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Bit of a short one from me today. I actually feel like this has helped me after a somewhat sad (with some lovely moments thrown in) & very hectic shift… Some people think that oncology wards must be very sad & depressing places, and yes there may be times when a laugh or a joke is inappropriate, but for the most part I’ve been blown away by the humour, humility & kindness oncology patients show to themselves, their peers, their families and also to their nurses. I’m not...

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I have a large work bag, probably far bigger than I need but I have extra things “just in case” that I always carry with me. So let’s have a little delve through my bag & see what’s in there – a purse with a small amount of cash, for emergency food & drink on shift and a taxi home if I need it (I walk in & out of work) – spare glasses, I wear contacts on days & glasses on nights but if I were to have a a problem with either I wouldn’t be able to see well enough to work...

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For someone who says they love music I’ve not really listened to much for a shockingly long period of time. Apart from my radio alarm making sure I’m awake for long days I don’t think I’ve listened to anything for ages. So due to my lack of musical influence lately + yet more nights (this will be a recurring theme in July, lots of nights this month) I took a while to come up with my 5 motivational songs. The songs that motivate me are mostly on this list because of the lyrics, sometimes...

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I’ve had to think quite hard about this one. I think of the future of nursing is bright, there are so many amazing nurses & student nurses that I meet online and they are dedicated & inspirational that I can’t help but think our profession is in good hands. I guess I am concerned about how we will continue with those amazing STNs as the impact of bursary loss is felt in the years to come, I think it is going to be a challenge that has been unnecessarily foisted on nursing &...

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Happy Birthday NHS!!! It’s kinda like celebrating an elderly relative’s birthday… It’s something (someone) who’s always been around and supported you all your life, you know they’re there when you need someone to turn to and, because their life is so long & their impact so broad it’s hard to know what to focus on or celebrate. I know a lot of people will be celebrating their NHS babies but I can’t claim to be in those ranks as I am military brat & was born overseas and I don’t...

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So, dream job, that seems rather hard to put my finger on if I’m honest. My dream NQN job was an oncology ward, I never had a placement in onc but it’s always interested me so I knew it’s where I wanted to work initially. And that’s where I have been working for coming up to 2 years!! It’s a fast paced ward and being an inpatient chemo unit it means I’ve had to do my chemo training & learn other skills quickly. There’s also opportunities to build strong working relationships with...

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Sometimes there are things you read or hear that just inspire you. I think nursing is one of those areas where the quotes may not directly be from or about nurses but our profession is so diverse and has such an impact on many people that quotes from different walks of life have a significant relevance. I think however that my favourite nursing quotes do come from inspirational nurses. You’ve gotta love Florence Nightingale and her no nonsense attitude – “I attribute my success to this, I...

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So, jumping straight in & with minimal preamble, 20 facts about me 1. I don’t like being called Debbie, I used to growl at people for calling me by the wrong name when I was younger, now I often don’t realise they mean me! 2. I’m a military child & grew up in Germany 3. I went to 4 different schools growing up, 2 primary & 2 secondary (which is quite a low number for a military child) 4. One of those a schools was a boarding school, and no it was nothing like the dorms in...

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Twitter is a wonderful place, I’ve made many friends through messages of 140 (now 280) characters, I’ve had amazing opportunities, met inspiring & uplifting people I’d never have met (or had the courage to talk to) in person and expanded my nursing horizons. I also found a more effective way to share my blog as not many of my Facebook friends are nurses so weren’t necessarily the right audience for the things I wanted to say. I do enjoy blogging but also struggle sometimes to put...

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Vlog: https://twitter.com/PUNCrachpalmer/status/1014872812773879809

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Poem to celebrate international nurses day https://twitter.com/Vickynhs/status/1014221019589038080

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I had a few questions from other students about what my placement in theatres was like so I thought it might be useful for some if I wrote a blog post about it. I spent five weeks in general surgery, seeing surgeries such as gastro, urology (a lot of urology…), facio-maxillary and breast. I can’t say I was looking forward to this placement as it was so different to my previous placements and I didn’t really think surgery was for me. I was worried about finding the placement boring having...

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As a peer mentor, I am usually asked for any tips and tricks that would be useful for them to know at the start of their first year to use along the way. This is difficult because I feel slightly hypocritical giving out advice that I sometimes forget to follow myself. Therefore, by having this blog here I am hoping this will be a permanent reminder during my third year that I should be following these! Don’t jeopardise your time for self-care – Understandably, this can be hard to manage...

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If I am honest, I was actually looking forward to this one and knew I would find it quite an easy one. I guess it is just difficult on getting the right ‘balance’ of embracing proud moments but not bragging! I’ve had many proud moments over the past two years with most of them being small things, such as getting a simple thank you from a patient I have cared for or getting a good grade on a piece of work I had 0 confidence in. I feel a huge sense of pride when my patients feel satisfied...

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Well, as you can see from the photo above there is many words that people use to describe a nurse. I’ve seen lots of great posts for this day of the challenge, with most of the words mentioned being part of my 5! And, of course, I might be slightly bias with how I would describe a nurse… Therefore, I have enrolled the help of someone who isn’t a nurse, my boyfriend Dave to get his opinion of what a nurse is. *Disclaimer – I cannot admit or deny to possibly influencing any of these...

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My fear is the lack of staff and resources which impacts the standard of care delivered to our patients. I fear for the patient who I met in the Phycosis Team who was so scared of the voices telling him to hurt his loved ones, that he didn’t leave his room. And due to the lack of beds he was unable to be admitted to a mental health ward for a month, a month of his life spent scared of his own head within a bedroom. I fear for the patient who I met when I worked with the criminal justice...

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Celebrating #NHS70 Today is a celebration, a celebration of health care being free at the point of delivery, a celebration of a health care system that doesn’t descriminate, a celebration that the NHS is there for all of us no matter what our story. I am honoured to work and train within the NHS, it is a privage to be able to work with such amazing staff members, the commitment, compassion and skill of so many NHS workers never fails to inspire me. Although today is a...

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Your Dream job: This one is a tough one… As a student coming up to the end of my second out of three years I feel like I should have an answer however the plain and simple answer is I’m not too sure. As a child I always wanted to be a Primary School Teacher, so I did a two year course within a primary school, however by my second month I wasn’t doing much teaching but was running all the anger management, self esteem and social skills interventions. Fast forward a year and I was...

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My favourite nursing quote:  “Mental Health Nursing is not just about caring for people, it’s about caring with people” This quote was one I heard at university last year in a lecture on The Tidal Model by Phil Barker. I really like The Tidal Modal and use it to influence my nursing within placement, maybe because it’s a creative way of looking at the recovery journey and I’m a very creative person. In short The Tidal Model is a philosophical approach to support those with mental...

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20 facts about myself: 1)I keep a journal, specifically a happiness journal, it makes me write something positive down everyday and reflect upon my week, I’ve been using it for the past 6 months and absolutely love it both for nursing and life! (I get it from: https://thehappinessplanner.com/ ) Happiness planner. 2)I love Harry Potter… I grew up to the Harry potter books and films and cuddling in bed with a pizza and Harry Potter on the TV is still one of my favourite treats....

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Name & Purpose: After being a silent reader of many different nursing blogs and vlogs ( https://studentnurseandbeyond.co.uk/ and https://www.youtube.com/clairecarmichael mostly) I’ve decided its time to create my own slice of the internet. To kick start my blog I’m going to do the 30 day #nursebloggers challenge, Wish me luck! My blogs name & purpose: My blogs name is pretty self explanatory, My names Abby and I’m a student mental health nurse, I kept it short and sweet!...

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My dream job is a nurse academic/lecturer. I was so inspired by my lecturers that I aspire to do the same in the future. # Nursebloggers # 70nursebloggers @ BloggersNurse @ horizonsnhs

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Hi All My name is Beth, a third year adult nursing student studying at the University of Surrey. Multiple times throughout my training I have wanted to start a blog, however have never had the guts (or the time!) to do it. After many successful blogs and vlogs started by nursing friends such as @ emmaluciemoss @ CharlotteRCN  and the #70nursebloggers campaign, I have finally plucked up the courage to get writing! So, I am slightly behind on the #NurseBloggers campaign as I...

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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 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...

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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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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 is...

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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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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 relate...

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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 those...

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Quick answer for this one…nope! There is no care background in my family, in fact, I am the first to go to University. Sometimes I wish that nursing was in my family, which would make it easier to talk through things with someone close to me or have someone who can emphasise…but then I have my friends in my cohort for that  For any who want to know, my mum works for the local council and my dad is involved within the NHS but manages the infrastructure of mental health units. The...

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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 about...

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Talent?! I don’t even think I have one, let alone a  hidden  talent! When I was younger I used to think my talent was singing…I thought I was so good that I entered the schools talent shows, however now I have watched back some videos I think that everyone was just too nice to say any different!! I would love to say that I was artistic or creative, I think my artistic levels stop at being able to colour in between the lines lol. On the other hand, good or not, I do enjoy creative things....

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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 time,...

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I have been um’ing and argh’ing all day about even writing a blog for this one, as I don’t feel I’ve been on twitter for long enough to have any favourites. I am still in the stages of discovering accounts that I love so this is tricky! I only properly starting using twitter in June, so I’m going back to my first week on there and list the first few accounts I come across and who have been so supportive to me since. In no particular order: @WeStudentNurse –  I love the community feel...

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This is difficult for me at the moment, as my placements this year have been so mixed that it’s hard to have a routine. In community it’s different, on a ward it’s different, and now in theatres, it’s so so different! I will try and be generic so it can be applied to all of these areas. So what I like to do on most shifts is: Get a hand over/see the case load for the day and write down any diagnosis, PMH, medications or types of surgery that I don’t know so that if I get time at some...

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If I’m honest with you all, I don’t really know what to write for this one! So I probably won’t…and instead will just share some random pics for you all to have a nose at. I’ll start with the lady that – as I’ve mentioned in previous posts – is the reason I am here and who’s care inspired me to make a difference. This is a picture of me and my nannie when I was younger, she died in 2014 to cancer. To cheer the mood, here’s probably my favourite part of last year…meeting these...

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Imagine this… You are a first year student nurse on your first ever placement in an acute surgical ward, which is your first experience of the ward environment and in a caring role. You get to know a lady called Jean (pseudonym), talking to her about her family and her hobbies since retiring. Jean calls the buzzer asking for a commode, which you go and get for her and as she is assistance of one to transfer, you help her get her slippers on and get out of bed onto the commode. 10 minutes...

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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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If I was asked this question 10 years ago, the answer would have been a Vet. 5 years ago, it would have been a Midwife . But now, of course it is a Nurse! What I wasn’t aware of when I started this nursing journey 2 years ago, is the many many different paths you can take as a nurse. A year ago, when people asked me about where I wanted to go when I qualified, I genuinely had no idea which worried me. I had two placements in first year which I didn’t really enjoy and part of me knew...

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The first thought that came to mind when seeing today’s challenge was more about quotes that are motivating and are there to keep you going during the lows. As much as I love what I do, there are times where it becomes increasingly stressful and overwhelming with balancing of assignments, placements, paid work and somehow trying to fit in a social life in between! Before this post turns into me sounding like a Negative Nelly, I want to share some quotes I have used. Although I’m still a...

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              I knew as soon as I saw this one that I’d find it difficult, so spent the majority of my night shift last night thinking of them! I have mixed them between nursing-related facts and more personal ones…hopefully some are of interest! I am 20 years old I study Adult Nursing at the University of Suffolk and am at the end of my second year I have a chocolate Labrador puppy and 2 cats – See slideshow for pictures (because everyone likes to see animal photos...

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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 you...

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When I came across this challenge on twitter, I thought it was a brilliant idea and something that I would have liked to have got involved with. However, with no idea about how to make a blog or what to do, I planned on watching from the side lines and reading everyone else’s contribution…until the Student Nurse Project and Charlotte Hall persuaded me! As I mentioned in my initial post, I had always wanted to start a blog so I think this challenge would have been the best place to start...

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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 treatments, better...

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Day 3 challenge, favourite nurse quote 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...

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Music is such a good motivator. It can lift your mood, get you dancing, and empower you. My five most motivating songs are: DNCE  – Good Day  – This song is SO good if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and need empowering with a little positivity! Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)  – This song always reminds me of my first ever placement. It was on the radio every time my mentor and I would get in the car, and we would sing it at the top of our lungs. Listening to it...

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What do I fear in the future of nursing? This is a tricky one… I’ve spent a while thinking and reflecting, and I would probably say my biggest fear is that the staffing crisis will continue. The staffing crisis within the NHS is extensive. This is an issue not just impacting nurses, but every other role within the NHS also. Every day, there are thousands of shifts unfilled across the NHS, which puts added pressure on healthcare staff and ultimately impacts the care patients receive. As a...

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Today marks the 70th birthday of the NHS. To celebrate #NHS70 there have been a number of events taking place across the country. Last month, my colleague Ellen Soutter and I had the honour and the privilege of presenting alongside Estephanie Dunn (RCN Regional Director) at the North of England SPF Conference. The conference celebrated diversity and 70 years of the NHS, and there were some fantastic presentations from a wide array of individuals working within the NHS. It was an incredible...

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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 3. I used to play the Clarinet and Organ (careful now) 4. I have a rather dirty mind 5. I'm particularly sarcastic 6. I'm extremely cynical, in fact my school teacher told my dad at a parent's evening when I was 11, I was unusually cynical for my age. 7. I can touch my tongue to my nose 8. I can fit my entire first in my mouth 9. I wanted to be an immunologist at school 10. Even...

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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 70...

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Ever since I was a young girl, I have been drawn to caring for people. I would always play hospital with my teddies, try to cheer people up when they were sad, and try to help family and friends when they were poorly. My dad talks of the time he was in a nasty car crash. My brother and I went to visit him in the hospital and – once I’d gotten over the initial excitement that we were higher up than the seagulls – I would try to be his nurse and make him better. When he was discharged, I...

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This is my all-time favourite quote, and one I strongly believe in. It may not be nursing specific, but I have found I have learnt more about myself since I have dedicated my life to helping others than I ever thought possible. Throughout my nurse training, I have began to see things in a beautiful new light. I suppose this is because, as nurses, we see people at their very best and very worst. You gain a whole new understanding and value to life, and it changes the way you percieve...

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In order to continue the #NurseBloggers #30daychallenge , day 3 is about your favourite nursing quote. I'm really liking this challenge so far! It's allowing me to open up, talk a bit about myself and why I love being a nurse, and it's also a great opportunity for my readers to get to know me!   Now to get on with the challenge...   My favourite nursing quote is more about health... does that count??  " From the bitterness of disease, man learns the sweetness of health" I love...

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I am an adult nursing student. I am a twin and the eldest of 3 children. I have a cat called Kitty, who gets called Katherine when she misbehaves (which is fairly often!). I love animals, they’re such incredible creatures! My car is called Muppet. I love travelling. I don’t care where I go as long as I’m having an adventure! I volunteered at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa when I was 18 (which was the best experience of my life – highly recommend it!). My favourite colour...

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My main personal goal at the moment is to get a degree. I trained when becoming a qualified nurse did not include an academic qualification – yes that long ago!! I have since achieved a Diploma but I really need to prove to myself that I can get a degree. You see I completely flunked my A Levels – spectacular fail! I am currently working my way through the MSc Advanced Practice with UWE and while it has been hard work I have learnt so much and met so many fabulous people. I have the...

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Good question! My worry for primary care is the recruitment and retention of staff. When I look at my local practice nurse vacancies they are almost all asking for experienced staff. I completly understand the attraction of this but, in my opinion, this usually achieves very little except moving around the nurses we currently have. Surely this has to change.My feeling is we would achieve so much more if we focused on encouraging nurses into primary care by inspiring students nurses to...

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Honestly, I’m not sure if this challenge wants 20 random facts about me, or nursing related facts about me… Hmmm… a mixture, that’ll do. Do I list them 1-20 or 20-1?? Oh God, I can’t do this challenge after all… it’s too difficult! Ok… …Ok, eenie meenie minie mo… 1-20. So now that that has been determined, let’s get into this listicle, shall we? Imma do this shit! 1. I decided in 2008, at the age of 25, that I wanted to be a nurse – after witnessing some excellent nursing care at the...

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Day 5 – NHS 70th Birthday celebrations Thursday – my favourite day of the week as it’s the community leg club day. We didn’t have a big 70th celebration today at Leg Club but there was lots of discussion around the NHS amongst staff and colleagues. We decided to calculate how many years of NHS experience we had between us and how close to 70 we could get – 108 years!!! Smashed it! In a couple of weeks our surgery is planning an away day. This is something we do twice a year....

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I’ve been musing this question for most of my day today and I can’t single out one job that fits the brief. At each stage of my career the job I was doing was my perfect job……except for 2! What I have realised is that, although I regard most of my posts as the perfect job at the time, I found myself in some of them by accident and circumstance, not at all planned. My first job on leaving school was for an insurance company. Monday to Friday 9-5. I did this for 2 years while I tried to...

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My favourite quote below applies to my nursing every day. Maya Angelou was not a nurse, she was a poet, singer, memoirist and civil rights activist but her quote resonates with me every day with both patients  AND  colleagues. At the risk of adding another nursing quote – “Be the nurse you would want as a patient” and I would go further and add “be the nurse you would want as a colleague” – we must aim to do our best to look after our patients  AND  each other!

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Hmm, tricky one but here’s goes…………… I began my nurse training in 1991 at a hospital in Swindon that is no longer there! I joined the Royal Air Force in 1999 as a nursing officer. My first posting was in Gosport where the nurse accommodation was full and so I had to live on a submarine base – hard times </a>
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Good Evening Lovelies, I am not British, but hey – I saw this on another student nurse’s blog and thought I’d give it a go. I may not be able to complete the full challenge given that I will be in Sweden for three weeks out of this month… But maybe, just maybe I will have time to pre-write and schedule as many of these as I can… So let’s give it a go and see where this takes us <img class="emoji" src="https://s0.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/wpcom-smileys/twemoji/2/svg/1f609.svg" alt="...

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Kind of self-explanatory I guess.  Over the years I have nursed in a number of different areas including secondary care and the Royal Air Force. I have enjoyed the variety this has brought my nursing career. However, there’s something special, for me anyway, about primary care nursing. When I qualified any kind of community based nursing wasn’t for newly qualified nurses, it was expected we would consolidate our secondary care based training in a secondary care setting. And even years...

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I’ll remind y’all again… I’m not British. But 70 years of the National Health Service is nothing to sneeze at! I’m a proponent of healthcare reform in the USA. We are a long way off from universal/socialized health care, but I have experienced socialized health in Sweden, England, and Australia. The USA could stand to learn a few things from such countries. So, I’m over here shouting “Yaaay, NHS! Woo Hoo!” and singing a raucous rendition of “Happy Birthday to you!” BTW, It’s my mum’s...

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Another relatively short and sweet answer I can give to this: an RN Educator. I will need to finish my BSN and work the floor for awhile before I can get to that level… But that is an end goal for me. For a couple of years in Australia I did essentially that job, but at the CNA level. I organized the education and trained the care assistants in the hospital setting, among other supervisory duties. I really enjoyed it. Around that time I was also a volunteer First Responder and...

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I have not yet done or completed clinicals or been placed in a residency… so this will be based off of the experiences I have had so far in my career. So you fully understand what my experiences I’m drawing off of were I will first explain in order where I’ve worked or trained in the past. Surgical Step Down. This was a Critical Care, post-surgery floor. We also were the floor that took Trauma overflow. I worked there for 9 months or so before transferred to another unit in that...

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I have been open and frank throughout my blog posts about the challenges I have faced in the past regards my mental health. The insight these experiences have given me, I believe, will make me a better nurse. I am more compassionate, empathetic, understanding and non-judgemental because of them. Having experienced mental health problems is a major contributing factor in my advocacy for better mental health support for nurses and nursing students. Also, why I champion the inclusion of mental...

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I’m gonna cheat a little with this one and copy and past from my “Rae The-Nursing-Student: A History” page. There is a lot more info there, so please go visit it! But in short: I decided to become a nurse while my husband was inpatient at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, TN. He was undergoing neurosurgery – it was a stressful, scary, time… But a couple of nurses during that time were so effective not only in the care of my husband, but also in the care of me, that it struck...

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There are a plethora of words that could be chosen to describe a nurse. In this current climate,  undervalued, exhausted, overstretched and underpaid  are a few that come to mind. Nurses have faced years of hardship and have been beaten down during a period when services have been stretched to breaking point. First, there was the pay freeze, then the pitiful extended 1% pay cap. Workloads have increased, often to unsafe levels, and many nurses have left the profession, burnt out,...

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I have mentioned her in my blog several times, especially in “when did I decide to become a nurse” and “which nurses inspire me”. So, if you’ve been following me or have read those posts, you will know that my mum is a nurse – Staff Nurse Carole Davidson. She had to take early medical retirement due to her fibromyalgia and misses her job terribly. She does still manage to do some nursing bank shifts; she can’t be kept away. That level of passion for nursing is one of the reasons I find her...

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I feel like I have told you everything about myself during this 30-day blog challenge, so I’m not sure what else there is to tell you. So far, you know I trained in Musical Theatre – so I can sing, dance and act. Though, that does seem like another lifetime ago now. You know I was a gymnast, and can still do a backflip. However, at 33, I get more petrified each time I do one that this is the time I will break my neck. So maybe that won’t be happening for much longer. So what is my hidden...

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I follow nearly 1,960 people on Twitter, so how am I supposed to pick just 10? They are all amazing, and I follow each for very different reasons. I love Twitter (perhaps too much at times – I am a bit of a social media addict) and think it’s a great platform to engage with people from all around the world. The accounts I follow are not all nursing based – I do enjoy having a life outside of nursing – but for this post, these ten accounts are from the nursing world. @RCNStudents...

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I’ve met several excellent Nurses in my day… Several that have inspired me in one way or another. If I list them all, well, I’d be here all freaking day… So I have chosen only 4 to discuss for this post. 1. Elizabeth Elizabeth was the name of the nurse that inspired me to become a nurse in the first place. Before meeting her, nursing had never even crossed my mind. She was the night nurse while my husband was inpatient on the neurology floor at Vanderbilt University Hospital. She was...

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Well, it goes without saying as I have mentioned her considerably throughout this 30-day challenge; my biggest nursing inspiration is my mum, Staff Nurse Carole Davidson. She inspires me, not only because she is an incredibly compassionate, dedicated nurse, who goes above and beyond for her patients and their families – you should see the gorgeous things she has crocheted for all the babies on the ward at Christmas and Easter. No, what inspires me most is that she has done all this while...

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Music is an international language that moves and motivates us. We can relate to it: it can be the war-cry rallying us into battle; it can transport us to another time, remembering friends and loved ones; and it can make us connect with our rawest emotions, making us reflect and even bringing us to tears. I guess because I went to stage school from the age of twelve, then trained and worked in musical theatre for over twelve years, music and singing are even more personal to me. My five...

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I put the Nurse in Parentheses because… well, I can’t call myself a “Nurse” yet. So perhaps I should be answering more what my favorite thing about nursing is. Because, let’s be real, CNAs do some of the nursing work and are generally considered part of the nursing staff at any given facility. I have worked at a place once where the Nurses taking umbridge to CNAs being called “nursing staff,” but to them I say “you’re a special kind of idiot, aren’t you?” Ok, no I didn’t ACTUALLY say...

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Now, this is a tricky one; what do I fear in the future of nursing? I would say that I am usually pretty fearless. I always try to be optimistic about the future, and I believe in channelling positivity out into the Universe. However, I guess at my stage of training, where I am about to enter my third year of study, I fear that I am not going to be ready to go out into the world of nursing and be responsible for the care of patients on my own as a staff nurse. I worry that I’ll never know...

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I am so proud of our National Health Service. Having just returned from an educational exchange trip to the United States, it has only intensified my pride to come from a country that provides free healthcare to all at the point of service. The NHS looks after us all, from conception until the time we die, what an amazing achievement. As a student nurse in Scotland, I am privileged that the NHS gives me a bursary whilst I am studying to be a nurse – something that the American student...

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I am ambitious and determined, always have been, always will be. For me, it’s a good thing as it pushes me to be the best version of myself I can be and to continually challenge myself. I also believe in setting goals both personally and professionally as it helps give me focus. Part of this goal setting is having targets I hope to achieve by set time periods: one year, five year, ten year. To be honest, I have a framework for what I’d like to achieve and where I’d like to be for most of...

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Again… Not a full fledged Nurse yet… so my things won’t entirely match up with other similar posts today. I used to do a lot more “Nurse” like tasks in general at my first hospital position so I will actually list those everyday things first: Place Foley or in/out Catheters Empty and record levels of Wound Drains Drawing blood Assisting Patients in taking walks around the unit Chart Now I do more of: Place meal orders Shower Patients Check Blood Sugars Take and record...

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To sum up the role of the nurse and nursing as a profession in one single quote is a near impossible thing to do. Our role is so diverse, taking place across a variety of different settings including clinical, research and education, and it is continually evolving. That is the beauty of nursing; but how do we define what makes a modern nurse? Is it possible to find a suitable quote? Are the quotes of old from the Nightingale and Seacole generation still appropriate today? I guess that’s what...

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Yay! Another Listicle Y’all… This should be easy… Well, actually it’ll probably take me awhile to come up with the songs… but it’ll look quick and easy when you review it… Hmmm… Anyway, in no particular order (Youtube links embedded): Sam Tsui – mash-up of Timber and Counting stars Pistol Annies – Hush Hush Miranda Lambert – Gunpowder and Lead Eve 6 – Curtain Volbeat – Før Evigt/Bliss There are plenty more I could list, depending on my mood… But 5 was specified and...

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I have decided to take part in NHS Horizons 30 day challenge to transform the perceptions of nursing and midwifery. Today’s challenge: 20 facts about yourself. I am typically known for wearing my heart on my sleeve and being an open book, so in theory sharing 20 facts about myself should be easy and I’m sure that people who follow or know me will already know most of these – whether or not these facts are interesting is quite another matter. I’ll leave that up to you to decide… I am the...

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I’ve wanted to keep a blog for quite some time; I have been vlogging recently but the challenge to keep a blog for this month’s 30 day challenge for NHS Horizons ‘transforming the perceptions of nursing and midwifery’ has come as a perfect opportunity to finally put metaphorical paper to pen (it is actually thumb to phone key pad as I am in the back of an Uber, driving back to California State University, Long Beach where I am currently on an exchange placement). So why the title ‘Craig’s...

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I cannot quite believe the 30-day blog challenge for NHS Horizons ‘ transforming the perceptions of nursing and midwifery ‘ has come to an end. I have thoroughly enjoyed reflecting on my thoughts, writing them all down, and putting them out there into the ether. I cannot thank you enough for all your comments and engagement. It has been overwhelming. As for the other wonderfully brave bloggers and vloggers who have joined in with the challenge, I have loved reading and watching your...

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I’m forgoing the acrostic poem today… Even though “Nurse” has 5 letters and that may have been the cutesy intent of today’s challenge… LOL Imma just make it quick: Dedicated Exhausted Analytical Attentive Intelligent

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OMG I made it! I got all of these posts done within a couple of day period and pre-scheduled them since I was planning on being overseas for 3 of the 4 weeks… It was hairy there for a minute… But I made it! LOL So anyway, here are my 5 Top-Tips for Nursing, from my CNA/Nursing Student perspective: Always be willing to learn. I don’t care if you’ve been a nurse for 20 years… If someone younger comes along with different experiences than you or new information, be open to the new ideas....

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What I fear in the future of nursing… I feel like this may be a weighted question referring to something going on in England that I am not fully aware of? But I’m sure I can give you an answer from my perspective regardless. I don’t have any debilitating fears regarding nursing at the moment, but there are some trends I’ve seen on and off in various areas of practice that are worrying to me. The main concern I have has to do with the nursing shortage. For many years I’ve heard of the...

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Took me awhile to think on this. I don’t have any special party trick type of talent or anything… But I have a fair handful of talents that are mostly not-hidden… Maybe? Maybe I just assume people notice those things about me more than they actually do? I dunno, but I did come up with one talent that not many people know about – except for the coworkers I had at the one facility I did this skill at. In one of my old jobs, it was one of my duties to place indwelling catheters or in-out...

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I did not grow up with Nursing. I did not have a Nurse role model to even cause me to consider the prospect of becoming a Nurse when I got older. Now, however, well after getting married and moving away… My parents got divorced and remarried to other people. My Step-Mother is a Nurse who has her Master’s Degree. i also have a Step-Sister via my Mum’s marriage that is a Nurse.

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Whiskers on Kittens and Blue Satin Sashes… No, but srsly… 6 Things that make me happy are: When the hubs rubs on my neck. When my kids laugh so hysterically from getting tickled that they fall off the bed. Getting recognized/thanked for my hard work or good ideas. Writing Having a few drinks with the girls Finishing a project or a class and having the resulting feeling of accomplishment

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Tough to say… I still have so much to learn. I really enjoyed learning about cardiology in general though. I think neurology is fascinating as well, but I’d much rather work with heart patients instead of neuro patients.

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In general I prefer real-life blogs. Not lifestyle or “mommy” blogs… but blogs where people tell their personal stories. I also like fiction blogs when they are clever and well written. I have a handful of blogs I’ve followed long-term and I will link one of my fave posts of theirs in their names. Check ’em out: Fatty McCupcakes – Super funny primary school teacher blogging about her life. Scorpion Stings – An airline pilot from Tennessee. Mixture of real life and fiction stories....

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