Job hunting

If you’re a final year student like me, you might be wondering when to start applying for jobs and how to nail down the job you want. I would recommended starting to apply for jobs straight after you’ve submitted your dissertation, which is in mid January. Usually, job offers end by the end of March. I do, however, know some people who applied really early in November and got the jobs they wanted. Think well about where you want to work. Is it on a ward? Just any ward? Or would you go for surgery? Or a rotation? Community? Personally, I learned that getting a job in a specialist area, such a Critical Care, Recovery, Theatres and A&E straight away without professional experience is very difficult, hence a rotation would be a great and quick way to start and then move on to a specialist area.

Firstly, start by writing a good convincing CV and uploading it on the NHS jobs website. Then apply for 5 to 10 jobs you like. Once you’ve done that, just wait for an email inviting you for an interview. Remember to wear comfortable formal or semi-formal clothes. I strongly recommend flats as opposed to heels. I recommend you bring your passport and two other documents for them to identify your ID, a calculator and a few pens. On the specified day you might be asked to sit a numeracy and literacy tests, followed by the interview itself. Don’t forget to smile and be yourself.

Secondly, remember to prepare well for the interview. During the interview they will ask you standard questions related to the area you’ve applied for. For example:

  1. What can you bring to our trust?
  2. How flexible are you and how do you feel if we asked you to move and work in a different ward/area?
  3. What are your weaknesses?
  4. Give us an example when you’ve ‘walked the extra mile’ to ensure that the patient’s wishes were respected.
  5. What would you do if a doctor told you to put Marmite on a patient’s wound? (Yep, I got that question on one of my interviews :P)
  6. What would you do if you found a patient laying on the floor in the bathroom?
  7. What would you do if you found an extra swab in a packet of 5 swabs during a surgery? (surgery related)
  8. What would you do if at your final count a swab was missing? (surgery related)
  9. What would you do if one of your patients deteriorated quickly, had tachycardia, hypotension, a chesty cough, clammy skin and pyrexia? (critical care/A&E related, think sepsis,guys!)
  10. How accommodating are you towards people from different  social, religious and cultural backgrounds?
  11. How do you deal with stress?
  12. What are the values of our trust?

The list only goes on, however, remember to always stop and think for a second before answering. Be honest and give a relevant answer that answers the question fully.

Finally, ask them any questions you have. Remember that as a newly-qualified nurse you are in no position of bribing, however, you need to remember the importance to negotiate, for example, will the salary while you’re waiting for your pin be paid as a band 3 or a band 4, will there be a 2, 3, or 6 month preceptorship, how long will you be allowed to be supernumerary, for how many patients will you be expected to look after if you start on a ward (no more than 8!!!), are there rotations available and so forth.  After the interview wait for an official letter to arrive in your mailbox saying: ‘Congratulations, you’ve just nailed the job!’

Good luck everyone!

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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10 things about me

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a long time. My  dissertation has really taken over me and has consumed most of my social life. Additionally, recently I couldn’t find anything to vlog on or write about.

I have changed myself once again…this time I’m determined to stand my ground. I’ve decided to stop eating meat again. Becoming a vegetarian has always been something I wanted to do for the last 2.5 years but the only reason that failed me along the way was the social clash with my friends, family and husband. I didn’t want to upset them and cause them worries. However, this time I have firmly made my decision and can proudly say that I am vegetarian. I don’t want to share extensively the reasons why but mainly for the sake of the animals which suffer, the planet’s environment and even my own health.win_20160929_102732

So here are the 10 things you most likely don’t know about me:

  1. I’m left-handed but I use my right hand for everything apart from writing and drawing
  2. I’m a Christian but I respect others’ beliefs and disbeliefs
  3. I’m vegetarian but I still take some fish-oil capsules I bought months ago and didn’t want to throw away
  4. I’m happily married
  5. I’m Bulgarian and European but also a global citizen
  6. I’ve never broken a bone
  7. I’m extremely competitive even though I don’t admit it very often
  8. I love caring for others but I can be fussy and bossy at times
  9. I want to be a better person and keep developing myself
  10. I love salad, chocolate and pizza

Life update: Keep calm and nurse on

Hi there! If you’re new to my blog, my name is Georgia and I study Nursing at the University of East Anglia. I’ve recently started my 3rd and final year of Nursing school.

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In my 1st semester (Module 5) we focus on critical care and complex needs, whereas in the 2nd semester (Module 6) we focus on preparation for future practice and begin job hunting.

Firstly, I’ve just decided the topic of my dissertation and had positive feedback from my personal adviser. The deadline to submit my dissertation is by mid January 2017, so I have planned to finish it by the end of December. I’m going to be looking at a specific cardiac disease but I can’t reveal too much details for confidentiality reasons.

Secondly, my Japanese husband has just moved in to London for a new job, hence I will be able to see him more often. In fact, I’m going to spend this weekend in London so keep checking for new vlogs coming up.

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Thirdly, I have set aims and goals for me to achieve this academic year. Academically, my target is to get over 60-65% as an overall mark. Work-wise, I have set my heart on London so I will be looking for jobs there once I finish my dissertation. I must admit that it feels like only yesterday when I started this course and now…here I am…thinking about where to work and what specialist area I would enjoy. One thing I know for sure is that I really enjoy working on wards in large hospitals and I would love to go into cardiology, however, hospitals don’t always have jobs available straight away. But hey, any ward can be nice if you are supported by a friendly team.

I will be posting more soon.

Comment below if you have any questions.

 

What I love about UEA

I’m in my final year of Nursing at the University of East Anglia. I wanted to share with you reasons why I love being a student here in Norwich, UK. Where do you study and what do you love about your university?

Back to school: What’s in my bag??!

Here’s all the essentials I keep in my school bag. I start the final year of my Nursing degree this Monday. Eeek!

This year the pressure is real! I start off module 5 with a dissertation and then I have a 2500 words essay + poster on service improvement! Around Easter job hunting season begins for me.

UEA, here we go again into the hustle and bustle of university life. I hope I enjoy all of it.

Day trip to Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan

I went on a day trip to Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan with my husband and my family-in-law. Arashiyama means stormy mountain. It’s a historic site with beautiful scenery cherished by many Japanese people. We enjoyed a boat ride down the streams of Oi-gawa (Oi-river) and ate grilled squid which we bought during the boat ride. Oi-river is part of the bigger river called Katsura-gawa.

The drawing/portrait in the beginning of the video is from Nagahama city in Shiga prefecture, Kansai area in Japan.

I am so thankful for the great experience I had. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone visiting Kyoto in Kansai area in Japan.

SURVIVAL TIPS for Nursing

Hi everyone! In this video I share my tips on how to survive 2nd year of nursing and becoming a more effective student, something I am far from but I’m getting there! 😀 Ask me questions in the comments below and I will answer them ASAP.

Second year assessments:
Module 3: Clinical report (Pass/Fail) and an Empowerment assignment 2500 words + artefact
+ Assessment of Practice
Module 4: Exams: A) Anatomy and Physiology (multipe choice, 20 questions), B) Nursing process (essay based on a scenario); C) Research paper and critical appraisal
+ Assessment of Practice
You also have a SafeMedicate exam which is simply drug calcuations/numeracy (forgot to mention)

EBL = Enquiry Based Learning
NICE = National Institute for Clinical Excellence (best practice guidelines)
COCHRANE library = literature review of research papers! GREAT STUFF!
NMC = Nursing and Midwifery Council (governs the nursing profession, obligations and duties for nurses)