Nursing Students in the UK - page 5
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For those of you that have had specific questions related you your schooling, please post them here. And use this area to share experiences with other students. Best of luck with your training.:balloons:... Read More
- 1Mar 4, '09 by ayla2004Quote from Chixiecontact HR and ask them if they are recruiting and get the form.Hi, ive just started my second year at the university of bedfordshire
One big question-how do i apply to be a bank HCA at my trust? (need the money)
you will need references, a CRB, screened by occu health and do your bsl/m&H
- 0Mar 5, '09 by oreo75If you are planning to work as a HCA while doing your training try & not let the uni know you are doing this or planning to, as it's something that is looked down upon. For reference's I'd be looking to use ward managers from your placements. When I was a student, it was really looked down upon by the tutors from the university, the uni know I was working & everytime I saw my tutor it was mentioned, but without doing it I couldn't of made it to the end of the course.
I think working as a HCA is a good idea as you then know what it's like to be a hca, you will gain extra skills & knowledge & you earn money, you need to make sure you get the balance right.
- 0Mar 6, '09 by ChixieThank you Oreo-my uni are very against us working but ive got no choice as its the travel to uni that is costing the fortune (£50 a week to class) Shame really.
Im only looking at picking up one shift (most likely saturday nights or maybe a week day when ive done my hours for the week)
- 0Mar 6, '09 by Zana2Find out whether your trust employes their own bank (on NHSjobs, they are listed as normal jobs as it were) or they use NHS Professionals (my trust doesn't, they want to employ their own for their own bank, 12 miles up the road they do employ NHS professionals).
Also, student financial support might be useful. Ask at Uni, they offer hardship funds, loads of paperwork to do and they calculate how much you are entitled to with a formula. It's not a loan, they just give you a procent of the difference between what you earn and what you spend. It's a once a year lump sum.
And yes, don't say anything about working on a bank, we were quite 'scared' in the first year, come the 3rd year, everybody's doing it matter of factly.
- 0Mar 7, '09 by ChixieI had a look at NHS professionals-my trust doesnt appear on there so they use their own staff as bank. I shall pop into HR and have a chat/ring them. Id much rather be working as a HCA/CSW than bar/waitress staff as at least im learning as im working
If my hospital wont take me then i am looking at the next hospital up the road (12 miles) but the bus service is rather good
- 0Mar 7, '09 by MandaAndaMy uni didn't recommend it, but they understood that most people did it. I mean, what do you expect on such a poor bursary? Aside from Trust banks and NHS Professionals, some Trusts use agency to sort out their bank, which ends up being staff and random agency. Imperial College do this, for example. They use Pulse.