Hoot.

For ret at byde, lær først at lyde.

My body hates me right now.

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PREPPING OTHER NURSES FOR YOUR PATIENT DURING REPORT AT CHANGE OF SHIFT

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PREPPING OTHER NURSES FOR YOUR PATIENT DURING REPORT AT CHANGE OF SHIFT

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WHEN THE DOCTOR GIVES ORDERS THAT MAKE NO SENSE FOR THE PATIENT

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WHEN THE DOCTOR GIVES ORDERS THAT MAKE NO SENSE FOR THE PATIENT

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WHEN A PATIENT DOESN’T WANT TO COOPERATE WITH ANY MEDICATIONS OR TREATMENTS

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WHEN A PATIENT DOESN’T WANT TO COOPERATE WITH ANY MEDICATIONS OR TREATMENTS

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WHEN A PATIENT’S FAMILY KEEPS ASKING QUESTIONS WHILE YOU’RE DOING A COMPLICATED PROCEDURE.

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WHEN A PATIENT’S FAMILY KEEPS ASKING QUESTIONS WHILE YOU’RE DOING A COMPLICATED PROCEDURE.

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WHEN A TERRIBLE PATIENT FINALLY GETS DISCHARGED

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WHEN A TERRIBLE PATIENT FINALLY GETS DISCHARGED

Day 1 of training for my second run. The Caledon roads are much nicer to jog on - I even saw two wild turkey’s and their babies!!

Warning to any nurses from Canada/US applying to the NMC in the UK!!!

My nice little adventure of applying to have my nursing licence transfer over to the United Kingdom has been extremely stressful and long. I began working on this around September of last year. I knew when I began that it would be a long process - but it’s turned into an even longer one.

The first parts of the application are annoying but simple, take your IELTS. Pass. Then request your application from the NMC. Put scores in and your general information (name, birthday, country of origin, ect, ect). You need to send records, including birth certificate, passport photo. Once this is accepted, you get your second package.

This is a significantly larger package. In this one you will need a declaration of good health form filled by your family doctor, two references from your work (a manager, charge nurse, CPL, physician), forms filled by the CNO, and forms filled by your university. It is here that they don’t fully explain what it is you will be needing from your university.

My application was rejected. The reason they stated on the letter was that I had 1282 hours of clinical out of the 1267 required (okay, good, that’s fine), but only 87 hours of theory out of the required 1000.

Wait. What. 

I went to school for four years full time and they were telling me I only had 87 hours of theory. 

I was absolutely stumped, and upset, and angry, and felt so defeated immediately. It took a couple of days for me to even settle on this information and begin to face it. I had spent about 6 months on this already and that was the response I got.

Well, after requesting my own copy of my transcripts I realized that the NMC had been calculating my CREDIT hours as ACTUAL hours. And through searching around on forums by other nurses who have also had this issue, I found out that UK universities include actual in class hours on their transcripts, not credit hours, and that I’d need these recalculated by my school. 

I sent many angry, though polite, e-mails to the NMC trying to ask them how they expected us to know this when it stated no where on the forms to the school that it was required. They sent me back more e-mails with copy and pasted messages with the same information as my rejection letter. 

Luckily, my academic advisor in my program office at UOIT has been the best person in the entire world, and is helping me fight this. She found the forms to calculate hours, and together we built a document showing all my in class hours. They tally to over 1200 hours (duh). Today she will be sending this off, stamped, signed, and including my letter of explanation to the NMC. 

The NMC has told me I have 90 days to send in any additional information to plead my case. I have a month left now. 

So hopefully this helps someone out. The NMC for some reason makes it very difficult to speak with anyone or gain information, so if I can help someone get it right the first time around, and I save them months of stress, I’ve done my job.

If this all works out, I am sending my advisor an edible arrangement. She is an absolute angel.

Off to my home away from home.

When I take the cap off this Synergy drink from Whole Foods, it explodes every. single. time. 

Is Kombucha some type of minor explosive compound?

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A little satisfying, not going to lie.

One more day of work to get through until annual camp trip to Cyprus. Weather looks like it may be grim, but I’m hoping it will still be a good time!

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Julie Kitchen

This is both the most epic and most embarrassing shot of me ever. 

This is both the most epic and most embarrassing shot of me ever. 

MUD HERO NEXT MONTH!

We’re the Mudder Effing Nurses.

Public enema #1