My last week @ UEA

My final week at uni has officially ended. Here’s a breakdown of what I did:

Monday – Progression meeting in the morning, followed by a late shift on Critical Care.

Tuesday – Pack my suitcases to move out, followed by a quick nap and a night shift on Critical Care (final).

Wednesday – come home from the night shift and sleep until noon, get on the bus to London at 5:30 pm, arrive around 20:00.

Thursday – Celebrate my 22nd Birthday and my 2-year marriage anniversary, go to take a ride on the world’s longest, fastest, tallest tunnel slide, created by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London.

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For dinner we went to Ethos, which is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in the heart of London near Oxford Circus. Afterwards, I had to take the bus back to Norwich.20684497_1404186372990362_525292206_o

Friday – this was the FINAL day of uni. I had two lectures in the morning and then we all took lots of pics together in our uniforms.

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In the evening we had our Nursing Graduation Prom in Dunston Hall. This was the best night ever, with lots of drinks, food, and great music.

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The best part was celebrating the end of my degree with my besties!! They all made my time at UEA much more enjoyable. In the end, it was all worth it!!

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Update

Recently, I got back my results from my Service Improvement Proposal. I got 82% which is a personal record. I also got 80% on my placement document, which is great. I am expecting to graduate with excellence, although I won’t know officially until September. I am doing my progression meeting on Monday morning next week and then I’m off to London for two days to celebrate my 22nd birthday. I’ll let you know how that one goes. Then on Friday I’m having my graduation ball with the 2014 nursing cohort in a lovely restaurant which I will tell you all about next week.

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This week I had my sister come over from Scotland and we went shopping. I treated both of us to some afternoon tea at my favourite tea house – Biddy’s Tea Room. I recommend it to all tea lovers out there. Later on, we went to the cinema to watch Despicable Me 3. For dinner, we went to YO!sushi, which meant I had to be flexible with my diet preferences. I’m e veggie at home, however I’ve recently realised how difficult it is to go out with people and find food to enjoy and share together. Sadly, or not, I’ve become a flexitarian as a result. Not proud of myself as I still feel a sense of guilt, however I compromise for others as their emotions mean a lot to me.

Thorpe Park, LONDON

A while ago, I visited Thorpe Park in London with my husband to celebrate our 5 year anniversary since the day we met. I bought the tickets in secret (around £30 per person) and planned the whole journey myself without telling my husband where we were going. He was so surprised and happy when we got there.

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We arrived around 10:00 when the park opened. The queues became longer and longer between 12:00 and 15:30, hence I recommend going to the park as soon as it opens so you can get onto your favourite rides before a rush of people surges in.

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There’s plenty of rides suitable for all ages, however be mindful that you need to be of a certain height in order to get onto most rides. The park was clean and there were plenty of food stalls and a couple of restaurants where you can stop for a lunch break. Prices were decent and the food was nice. My husband and I went for a buffet of unlimited salad, pizza and pasta, along with free drinks that were on offer. It costed us £12 each.

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My husband was pleased by the end of the day as we managed to get on over 10 rides, which was a great success. We both LOVED IT! I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun day away from Norwich. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ ✧゚・: *ヽ(◕ヮ◕ヽ)

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Strolling London

As you may know, if you follow my blog, I love London and I often visit my husband who lives there. This time my dear sister had organised a meetup with friends. We all went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, followed by a visit to the National History Museum, had some coffee and lunch in the Serpentine in Hyde park and finished the day off in a lovely Chinese restaurant in Soho. Many thanks go to my sister for organizing the meetup and for everyone who came. I had an amazing day thanks to you all!! xx

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Easter break in Greece

I had the chance to visit Greece with my family during the Easter break. We visited Keramoti, island Thasos and Kavala. The nature was really beautiful and the sea offered a refreshing and relaxing atmosphere. I experienced a bit of a cultural shock when it comes to the culture of the people, however, the tasty food made up for it. If you have the time to travel I recommend visiting Greece with the people you love most as it will definitely be worth the money. We traveled off season, hence our holiday turned out really cheap. All the best! xx

 

Highlights of this week

1) My dissertation results are finally out guys!! I’m so proud to say that I’ve got a First (74%). I’m so thankful to my personal adviser and the second marker for giving me such a high score even though I never believed I deserve it.

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2) Placement allocations are finally out! I’m going to Critical Care for my sign off placement and I’m chuffed to bits about it! I cannot wait to start as this will be the perfect preparation for my future job on ITU. I’m looking forward to meeting my mentor and hope we get along well. My placement will be 12 weeks long, starting from the 15 May until 4 August 2017.

3) I had my SafeMedicate exam this Thursday and I feel pretty confident I’ve got 100% (which is the pass mark). So one less exam to worry about now.

4) I met nursing students from Niigata University of Health and Welfare in Japan. They presented a lovely presentation about Inter Professional Learning on Tuesday, while on Wednesday we went out for dinner in Norwich. We went to The Middletons which is mainly a grill and steakhouse restaurant, however, they had some delicious veggie burgers on the menu as well. It is great that UEA has such good relationships with international universities and it is no surprise that UEA has one of the highest numbers of Japanese exchange students in England. UEA also has its own Centre for Japanese Studies since 2011.

5) This Saturday I’m planning to join Norwich ParkRun for the second time. It’s a great way to stay fit and healthy for no cost at all. It’s great for socializing too. If you’re interested in joining, all you have to do is register on their website for FREE and print off your personal barcode which is used to keep a record of your times (how fast you’ve finished the 5 km loop track). Make sure you bring your barcode along with you and show it to one of the volunteers at the event.

Life update

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I have some news to share!

Firstly, I`ve got a job offer on ITU in one of the leading hospitals in London. I found it quite of a challenge to get a job in a specialist area as a newly qualifying nurse because most hospitals require working experience beforehand. I feel lucky for getting a job I really wanted.

Secondly, my dissertation results are still not out yet since I had a 5 day extension. I feel confident that I have passed, however, I cannot wait to see my actual mark and read the feedback from the markers. Meanwhile, I have just started my final assignment-The service improvement essay.

Lastly, I spent this weekend with my husband in London. I helped him move into his new house and we went out for dinner after all the hard work we did together. I am getting to know different parts of London more and I cannot wait to move to London in September. It`s such a vast and dynamic place to live in. It would be difficult for anyone to get bored of it. There is always something to do and  explore.

Tonight I am going back to Norwich as I have lectures tomorrow morning. It`s nice not to be on placement all the time and feel like a real student for a change. 😀

Sweet European pancakes

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I love eating pancakes (AKA crepes) but it wasn’t until recently that I learned how to cook them! Yay! I spent a lovely evening with friends who taught me how to make the batter and how to flip the pancakes so they are cooked nicely on both sides. The recipe is simple and here is what you need to make 10-20 pancakes, depending on how thick you make them:

1) 200 g plain white flour
2)about 3 large eggs (4 small/medium eggs)
3) 600 ml milk
4) 1-2 tbs of sunflower oil
5) a pinch of baking soda
6) a pinch of sugar and salt (optional)
7) a drop of vanilla flavour (optional)
8) For cooking: unsalted butter or sunflower oil
9) For the filling: fruits, honey, chocolate, custard sugar, jam, cheddar cheese, feta cheese or whatever you fancy most

All you do is put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix/whisk them well until smooth.
Then you heat a pan on high heat and use a bit of butter or sunflower oil to prevent sticking. Reduce the heat to medium and use a ladle to pour out some of the mixture. Once you see little bubbles forming, usually within a minute or two, you carefully use a spatula to flip the pancake. Don’t worry! The first one always breaks into peaces but if you repeat the same process a dozen times you’ll get the hang of it. When your pancakes are ready just fill them with your favourite fillings and enjoy them while still hot.

Sorry, for the wait..

 It’s been a long while since I have posted. I was busy writing my dissertation and doing full-time placement at the same time. Currently, I’m in module 5 and have two weeks of placement (in Emergency theaters) left. From now on, I will give my best to post regularly as usual, after regaining my inspiration and normal life back.

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In early December I started applying for jobs. The very first hospital I applied at invited me to an interview, and after passing the numeracy and literacy test I was turned down because I lacked experience, regardless of the fact that they knew I’m a student qualifying in 2017. It was a disappointing, yet valuable experience for future interviews to come. I am hopeful that I will find a job in a specialist area even without the experience a lot of hospitals desire. I am interested in one-to-one care and cannot imagine myself working on a ward looking after 13-18 patients.

Soon after, in January, I submitted my dissertation. It was a dreadful and daunting task but I managed to write over 7, 500 words and submit it 30 minutes before the deadline. 😀 Phew.. I didn’t proofread it properly, hence, a few typos make me a bit worried about my result, however, I keep reassuring myself that ‘done is better than perfect!’ I am yet to find out what my result is.

At present, I am in the process of writing my 3, 000 words reflection essay based on my learning from placement and I have less than two weeks left to finish it. This piece of work is formative, hence it is less stressful to write compared to the dissertation.

I am also still applying for jobs and seeking opportunities in specialist areas in London. It is the place I want to move to and live in the near future. Wish me luck because I need it! 😛

Massive thanks goes to my lovely husband who kept me sane through these rough winter months!

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