Well last night I fell asleep earlier then I have in months! LOL
Today's training has been excellent. We again split into groups - everyone was there which was really nice!
The group I was in spent the morning learning how to properly handle both ourselves and patients. For example how to lift things, move things, help people get around etc. We learnt about different ways of hoisting patients using machines etc. All in all it was an OK morning.
The afternoon we spent with someone else learning CPR. This was probably the 4th basic first aid course I've done with CPR and I FINALLY caught on and was able to do it first go - better then the others I'd say. I was well chuffed! We also learnt how to position people etc with different problems from different angles, how to do CPR on everyone from newborns to frail and elderly... It was very informative!
I really enjoyed myself... Can't wait to go back tomorrow. Am also thinking of putting my name down for the John Radcliffe Hospital doing Surgical... Although will speak to L***** tomorrow about whether that will be possible or not...
Oh I forgot to say that yesterday I bought another peice of kit - a little key ring with an emergency CPR bag in it. I bought it for £4 from the instructor as I figured if I ever was in a situation where I needed to give CPR on a person who was bleeding, I'd have to think twice about doing it for fear of HIV (although in reality I really don't think that would even enter my mind!)... Well this is like a key ring pocket thingie (mine's green!) with a little plastic bag with a mouthpeice on it, so I can easily give CPR without worrying about HIV or other things being transmitted through any blood present. Have to say though if there wasn't blood I wouldn't hesitate to give a HIV+ person CPR without it... I mean, when you're doing it in a emergency situation HIV isn't the first thing you think about, coupled with the fact that there is no evidence that you can catch HIV through CPR it wouldn't cross my mind unless blood was all over the persons face!
Anyway, today was good. Everyone was there again and again we were split into two groups. We did some bits and peices on theory, doing little spider graph thingies with what we thought was relevant to this or that... Then the two groups were split into seperate rooms and the group I was in learnt about Catheter care etc. Then we had lunch and "learnt" about death. I did find it amusing how the tutors refused to go into detail about what exactly it was we had to do with a dead patient (ie packing etc), they just said "cleaning"... I wondered whether maybe they had some issues with it themselves especially as she was tearing up remembering various scenerios she'd be in...
I have to say, and this will sound cold hearted. I really don't think I'll have a problem with dealing with patients who have died. Not because I think I'm "hard" or anything, just because my "religion" dictates that death is another form of life and so is not something to fear. I have dealt with death and been surrounded by it my whole life but it really hit me personally when I was 8/9 years old. Then it seemed like every few years death has come knocking on one of my friends/relatives door ever since then... And at least I know that if a patient is at deaths door, I can handle them and treat them with respect and dignity. I will think of it as an honour and a great priviledge to be with them in their last moments before moving onto spirit. I know that I will give them the best "after care" I am able too and treat their body with respect and dignity just as though they are alive... I know all this because I have been surrounded by death. I am not afraid of it and although I do mourn a passing my grief is tinged with happiness. Because I am happy in the knowledge that this particular soul has been freed from all earthly worries, pains, problems and complications and that they are at peace. That's what makes me happy. That's what helps my grieve. That's what will make me a good person for dealing with patients who have passed over.
Tomorrow is looking like being another interesting day! I just wish the training was over and I could get out there and do it now!
The morning started with talking about Mental Health. Not really an area I'm interested in at the moment, although a few things she said about it sounded interesting.
We also did a bit about IV care, which was interesting and rather funny watching others trying to do it - thankfully nobody was able to laugh at me as I was pretty damn good! haha :P
I got talking to someone really interesting and we got talking to the Nurse Manager or whatever she's called from Stoke Mandeville. We have both decided we're going to work there as well. So he is working at John Radcliffe and Stoke Mandeville, and I will be working at Milton Keynes and Stoke Mandeville. Although obviousely we won't be working together as he is going straight into Trauma and I am going to Medicine, but we're both heading towards Surgical so maybe I'll bump into him sometime! LOL
The afternoon was really boring, we talked about "communication"... Waste of bloody time if you ask me.
I am really, really enjoying this. I can see myself staying in this kind of work for awhile and I am really looking forward to getting out there and doing it. I think I am doing my two orientation shifts (unpaid) at Milton Keynes, but then I'll probably move to Stoke Mandeville unless I am short on petrol!
I think I'm going to have a chat with Martin actually. I really want him to start working from home more often once I've got this going (assuming I like the practical side of it!) so I can work almost full time at it. The money is good if I work nights, the work looks like it's going to be fun but challenging (which is what I like!) and the opportunities are well worth staying on for... We could easily supplement the money he'd loose from his commuting allowance with the money I'd make. That is, of course, assuming his employer would go for it...
Looking forward to tomorrow but feeling quite sad that I'll have to say goodbye to certain people. Am too shy though to ask for contact details to stay in touch incase they don't wanna keep in touch with me...
Well, that's my week over. Am sad. I didn't get any contact details in the end, it just seemed a bit odd seeing as I probably won't see any of them again anyway. I am very sad about that, I don't know why. I really felt like I'd connected with a couple of them...
Well, today we learnt about conducting ourselves, a little bit about our orientation shifts and we had two HCAs come in and talk to us about their experiences.
I am definately going to work at Stoke Mandeville. I would rather work there then Milton Keynes to be honest. At least then I *might* occasionally bump into someone I know. Plus Stoke Mandeville has far more opportunities and varients in wards. Milton Keynes is a ****ty hospital in my opinion and whilst it has a lot of different types of wards, Stoke Mandeville has far more. For instance they have the top Spinal Injuries unit, they have excellent Orthopeadic facilities, rehab, eye wards etc etc etc.
I have decided for the main part I'd like to work in Trauma area's rather then general wards.
I have to go to more training on Tuesday and Thursday next week so I will hopefully speak to someone in more detail about it then. I was wondering about changing my orientation shifts to SM as well... It's just such a good hospital all round. It'd only cost me a few quid to get there and back for each shift.
I had the opportunity to go in Mental Health today. They asked if I wanted to do another training day on the 21st but for the moment it's not something I'm interested in.
So hopefully, by the end of next week I should have an idea where and when my orientation shifts will be! Then I basically work three weeks before I get paid and then the money starts coming in!
All good fun, even if it is tinged with a little sadness.
I am thinking maybe I should take that Mental Health course on the 21st after all...? The only thing that makes me shy away from Mental Health is that I'd more then likely be stuck at Chadwick Lodge with all those child killers and peadophiles - I'm not sure I could handle it seeing as I live just round the corner from there and I have children myself and I KNOW they get to go for "walk abouts"...
No, maybe I shouldn't... I don't know I could stay professional around them. I could always work somewhere else I suppose, which wouldn't be so close to home... That might be good. I think I could stay professional then. I don't know. I don't know how I could handle someone spitting at me, stripping off their clothes and trying to escape though. Apparently Chadwick Lodge sent over a patient to one of the normal wards cos he/she was ill, and that's what this person did... Scary. I think I'd laugh actually, which is awful. I mean the thought of someone stripping naked and running throughout the hospital.... LOL I'm sorry. I shouldn't laugh, but what else could you do when faced witha situation like that?!
I have the first day of my second training course tomorrow. It's only a half day, I think Martin's going into work though so I don't know who's having the kids for the day??? ****. I just assumed Martin would sort it out, and I haven't even asked if he has...
On top of that my jeans, which is what I was going to wear, have developed holes in both knee's after last nights Investigation, so I now have o suitable trousers to wear... ****.
And even worse - I have no idea whatsoever of where the Post Graduate centre at the Hospital is... Eek... OK, I'm screwed!!!!!!! Balls.
At least by the end of this week I should have the dates I will be doing my inductions... Which will mean the sooner I get that over and done with, the sooner I can go on the books (which takes 24hours) and start earning some proper money!!!
Only tomorrow and Thursday to go, then I just have to wait until the ward I am allocated tells me I can get in there and be supervised for two shifts and then BAM! I'm in there! LOL Getting extremely mucky probably!
I was up late last night thinking and working stuff out. Namely what my paycheque is likely to be... Here is what I figured - I wonder how it will compare to the real thing!
1/. Assuming I work 6 nights a week, 10hour shifts each (incl Sunday) at MK Hospital, which seems to be the lowest paid around;
£457.50pw which is approx £23,790pa break that down to months it'll be approx £1,982.50pcm
Now admittedly that would be the extreme side of things, working 6 nights a week, which would shatter me for the first few weeks.
2/. BUT if I worked 5 nights a week, 10hour shifts (incl Sunday) at MK;
3/. That would be hard work to right? So say I worked 4 nights a week, 10hour shifts (incl Sunday) at MK;
4/. Ok, now say I decide to work days as well... So assuming I worked 4 days a week, plus Sunday night;
There's no difference.
Moving on, assuming as I'm sure I read somewhere income tax is 22% of my earnings pa and my NI contributions are 11%... That leaves me with the following;
1/. £15,939.30pa which is £306.52pw which is £1328.27pcm
2/. £13,389pa which is £257.58pw which is £1115.75pcm
3/. 4/. £10,838.72pa which is £208.43pw which is £903.22pcm
Better go, got to get to my training at MK Hospital...
Well, I did my training thingie today... It was ****e. Just going to reinforce why I don't want to work at MKGH. It turned out the first class they sent me too was actually a refresher fire and safety lecture for nurses and Drs... They spent several hours talking about hospital procedures etc - and of course I was struggling to understand... At the end I got a certificate which I had to sign myself...
The second class turned out not to be a class at all. I got there, was given a booklet and told to read it, showed where a pile of old dummies were in the corner and told I could practice on them if I wanted... Then basically she said when I was ready or felt confident she would take me to a side room, have a quick word with me and play out a scenerio and then I'd get a certificate in CPR and Basic Life Support.
I think that just went to reaffirm the shoddy treatment that patients at that hospital get. It is SO scary that their idea of proper life saving training involves reading a booklet and doing one role play... I am just thankful I went to last weeks training at Oxford last week, otherwise I wouldn't have known anything at the end of the 10-20mins I spent at MKGH BLS "training".
I was glad to get home to find a certificate from NHSP just saying I passed the training last week. I then got a phone call from someone in the Oxford department asking me if I seriousely wanted to work at Stoke Mandeville and I said sod MK, I am wanting to work at SM the majority of the time.
So I have just found out the extra training I've done today means nothing, I learnt nothing except not to waste my time with MKGH... But it sounds like they're getting the ball rolling for me to do my induction at Stoke Mandeville. I have given up on MKGH.
You know what was really scary? I was in a room full of nurses etc that had been working more years then they'd been alive... And not ONE of them could do CPR on a dummy.
Well, three calls from NHSP later and I am almost there!
I had 2 calls one asking why I don't want to work at MKGH and the other confirming that I didn't want to work there. Then just had a call from a bloke called J*** S**** who does Personnel at Stoke Mandeville. He wants me to go in there tomorrow to have a word with him, so he can Authorize something so that I can go and get my ID badge and tomorrow I have to make an appointment with the Linen Services there to go and get fitted for a uniform on Friday morning!!! Then once I've had my fitting and know a date that my Uniform will be in I have to call a lady called S**** B**** to arrange my induction shifts!!!
I think it must have been fate that made me decide to go in for my training on Tuesday last week - otherwise I'd never have been able to work at Stoke Mandeville without doing the training again...
Anyway, have to go and see this bloke at 2:30pm tomorrow... Am getting excited now!!!
I am just about to go off to Stoke Mandeville and get my ID badge etc... I think I am also going to have a wander round and try and get myself used to the layout of the Hospitals there as I have never been to anywhere at Stoke Mandeville except the eye clinic.
Tomorrow I have to go for my Uniform fitting as well there, at 9:30am... Then once they give me an indication of when my uniform will be ready I need to call this lady from NHSP and arrange for my induction shifts.
Well, I went to Stoke Mandeville yesterday at 9:30am for my uniform fitting. I get dresses apparently. They're purple! Apparently I'm a size 88 whatever the Hell that is?! So I am happy although I'd have preferred a tunic and trousers...
Then I went to a place in Aylesbury called the Cloisters and bought a buckle they told me to get for my purple belt, before going to Brantano for some new black, flat leather shoes...
We then went back to Milton Keynes with the boys and I bought a fob watch as well from Argos.
We did go back to Aylesbury as they told me to come back at 12pm to pick it up, but I got there and they didn't have it so I gave up waiting - what was the point?
I also tried to call that lady but I guess she'd been and gone from the office, so I got on with other things for the day.
So I know have everything I need to get out and there working! ID badge, dress uniform, belt, shoes, fob watch, tight etc etc
The only real disappointment is that Stoke Mandeville pays less then Milton Keynes... They also are refusing to let me do my inductions on a night shift, I have to do a late instead. So I have decided to do a couple of months work at Stoke Mandeville and then start doing extra shifts down at John Radcliffe in Oxford where the pay is muchos goodus!!!
I can't wait for my induction shifts. He basically said I could pick where I wanted to go, so I said I'd do my inductions on the O* T* ward for one and the C* ward for the second.
I can't wait!!!
I suppose now it's getting closer I am going to start to have to bleep out a lot of the details of where I am working and what I'm doing for confidentiality reasons... Hmmm...