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  1. Cruise Ship Nursing Anyone?
    I worked cruise ships for a while, but ended up so bored I quit. Cruise ship passengers often tend to be elderly, or unhealthy, most could not take a vacation an other way. So they roll onto the...
    Nov 23
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  2. Why so reluctant to give pain meds?
    I think it also depends which country you work in. I have found US hospitals really reluctant to medicate for pain, in situations that just would not occur anywhere else. 2 nights ago, a young lad...
    Nov 23
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  3. Common nicknames for hospital items.
    My last ER would refer to HIV as "High five" (the letter V being the Roman numeral 5) Useful when doing handover report when folk are nearby and listening in : ) anesthesiologist = the gas man...
    Nov 20
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  4. How to remember everything, when giving report?
    Try the military 'MIST' - Mechanism of injury - what happened to them, why they came in Injury sustained - what you found, symptoms, injuries, etc Systemics - UK word for vitals and any other...
    Nov 5
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  5. What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for?
    Gotta love ER patients. Last night's star was a stunner, with the history I got from him in triage. My question was the usual one about are you taking any prescribed meds. And the answer - "Oh...
    Nov 5
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  6. Take home pay for band 5 nurses
    I doubt you can save while living in Surrey, its as expensive as London but without the pay weighting!!
    Nov 3
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  7. Take home pay for band 5 nurses
    Most nurses work either a second job and/or bank, (registry, per diem in the US). You can live on Band 5 salary, but its tough going, and you have to be very disciplined regarding your spending. I...
    Nov 2
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  8. Take home pay for band 5 nurses
    . . . . . and you will do 'obs', not vitals, and 'take blood' instead of drawing labs. And the list goes on!
    Nov 2
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  9. Take home pay for band 5 nurses
    Houseboats are primarily on the canal which runs through London. Or on the Thames, its a river. There are no oceans or lakes in the city. A significant percentage of keyworkers live on boats, having...
    Nov 2
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  10. Take home pay for band 5 nurses
    Find an Aldi, get an Oyster card and a bicycle : ) If you don't mind thinking outside the box, look at houseboats, its about the only affordable way to live in London these days. I did it for 8...
    Nov 1
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  11. NMC fee to raise to 120/year
    That's true. let's vote to move them to Wolverhampton.
    Oct 18
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  12. NMC fee to raise to 120/year
    I agree with that last comment, a central London address is one of the most expensive in the world. It bugs me when charities have similar addresses as well, why do they need them? In these days...
    Oct 18
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  13. Most Stressful Day
    I still think the one with the roaches wins. Reminds me of a place I worked years ago where we kept a baseball bat in the dirty utility and it was the student's job to squash the roaches each...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  14. Cyclic vomiters (drive me up the wall)
    I know of one that seems to be genuine, comes in about every two months or so. No drug habit, doesn't want pain meds, just constant zofran and IV fluids. She is a student, and Mom comes with her. She...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. Rules for Triage
    "If you have multiple complaints, pick one." Love it! Two nights ago - "had a pain in my side for 25 years and thought i would get it checked out." Seriously??? After 25 years you show...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. Any RAF nurses?
    There is also part time / reservist nursing, I can't recall the full title now but its RAF Auxiliary nurses, used to be based at RAF Lyneham but I'm sure they moved a few years back, I just can't...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  17. Any RAF nurses?
    I would suggest visiting the RCDM in Birmingham and see for yourself. Its an amazing hospital, its a military hospital merged with NHS and nurses from both areas work side by side. They also have...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  18. Do you need business insurance to work as a community nurse?
    If community nursing is your thing and the car is the problem, then consider moving to a city where the car is not needed. I worked district in London for a few years, by bicycle, and for some areas,...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  19. pls help me
    Completely agree. Contact the uni to find out academic requirements, visa info, and the required level of English proficiency, likely to be IELTS, but you will need to verify this.
    Oct 13
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  20. NMC fee to raise to 120/year
    I lived and worked in London for over 2 decades before moving to the US, and still do bank work when i visit. It sounds as if you need to look at different accommodation? Moving to CA is not the...
    Oct 6
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  21. NMC delay and ONP Course at Bournemouth
    They tend to take a long time, a lot of foreign RNs end up working as HCAs for the first year or so while they wait for their registration.
    Oct 6
    Forum: Nurse Registration
  22. NMC fee to raise to 120/year
    Its a heck of a lot better than the non union places i worked at before. Firing after one med error seems to be standard, and vacation leave is 'discretionary' meaning you don't get it. I...
    Oct 6
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom
  23. NMC delay and ONP Course at Bournemouth
    PS - one thing I have found with the NMC is that they do not have a system for taking over work from a colleague when they go off sick. If it happens that the person processing your applications...
    Oct 6
    Forum: Nurse Registration
  24. NMC delay and ONP Course at Bournemouth
    It means your papers are sitting on someone's desk, and will get looked at when they get round to it. If you live a reasonable distance from London, I would show up and just sit there until someone...
    Oct 6
    Forum: Nurse Registration
  25. NMC fee to raise to 120/year
    Vacation /annual leave - currently 7 weeks in the NHS, if you count bank hols. I have a union job in the US and get 2 weeks. Sick leave is max 4 days per year, mat leave 3 weeks, (a year in the...
    Oct 6
    Forum: Nursing in the United Kingdom


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