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XB9S has 33 years experience as a BSN, MSN, EdD, RN, APN and specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery.

Advanced Practice, Nursing Leadership, Surgery, Neuroscience 

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  1. Hi I am preparing for bowel screening practitioner interview.Please need some tips for interview and presentation plzzz.

    My topic for presentation was  "Given the challenges facing Bowel Cancer Screening services, what would be your 3 main objectives for your first 6 months in post?"

    Please help my interview was on 12 th

    1. XB9S

      XB9S, BSN, MSN, EdD, RN, APN

      Hi there 


      Take a look through the job description to pull out what is expected from the role and start your planning from there. 

      Is this a new post if yes then your priorities are going to be assessing and establishing the service based on what the specific targets are (cancer detection,  education,  early referral to treatment) 

      One priority will have to be establishing yourself within the service, meeting stake holders understanding what the expectation are

      I wouid strongly recommend you arrange an informal visit with the line manager, find our what thier priorities would be.  

      Hope that helps, good luck 

    2. 358GSATHEE10


      Thank you very much for your reply.

  2. acp

    Hi, I am  a band 5 Orthopaedic Theatre Practitioner. I have just applied for a band 6 post. I will be asked questions about 'How you think the Orthopaedic Deputy Lead role will differ from your current role?' 

    Thank you so much in advance. Highly appreciated. 


  3. XB9S

    UK nurses overseas - maintaining NMC registration

    I've actually benefited greatly from reflective discussions from a nurse in a completely different speciality both for my revalidation and to support others to revalidate. In fact one of my reflections was around this and the commonality in two very different specialities and how professional nursing and our code can weave its way through every action and intervention.
  4. Hi, I am new to this page but have already found very helpful tips on your blog. I was wondering if you could give me some advice on an interview.

    I have secured band 6 interview through PowerPoint presentation (10mins) (community nurse interview). The brief is ‘how to strive to create more sustainable models that provide better services for patients closer to home and reduce the demands on the acute sector?’  I have a few ideas for example transforming community MDT meetings that focus on prevention or one stop shop initiatives. Any ideas or tips would be much appreciated.

    Thank you


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    2. XB9S

      XB9S, BSN, MSN, EdD, RN, APN

      Great, good luck let me know if I can help with anything else 

    3. Jane18



      just wanted to say thank you for support again. I had my interview yesterday and got the job! Thank you for your advice and support. 

    4. XB9S

      XB9S, BSN, MSN, EdD, RN, APN

      Thats fantastic,  congratulations I am so glad I could help 

  5. hi, I am  a band 5 learning disability nurse working in an inpatient unit. I have just applied for a band 6 post on the unit I currently work on. I have to do a presentation on, 'what are the 3 main differences between a senior band 5 nurse and a band 6 and how would you measure this?'

    Any advice any guidance would be very much appreciated, thankyou.


    1. XB9S

      XB9S, BSN, MSN, EdD, RN, APN

      Hi Sarah 

      Start with the job description, what does the band 6 role include that the band 5 doesn't 

      Think about service and quality improvement and how you measure it.  Things like reduced incidents of challenging behaviour etc 



    2. sarahwcooke1984



      I've been trying to look for kpi, but cant seem to find anything relevant

    3. XB9S

      XB9S, BSN, MSN, EdD, RN, APN

      The KPI will be pretty similar to general settings, thibk about your quality indicators 


      PADRS, mandatory training, any waitung times,  incidents and serious incidents,  concerns and compliments, training figures, infection figures, pressure ulcers, falls.


      Does that help 


  6. Hi there, my partner is a nurse on an assessment ward with 4 years experience at band 5. She’s applied for a role which will be band 6 until she passes her prescribing course after which it becomes band 7, so assume the interview is at that level. She has been asked to produce a presentation around how the role of community matron develops primary care networks and enhanced care home support, so I’m looking for some tips around how much detail to go into in the presentation, If there are any common pitfalls and if there is any other general advice? I saw a lot of references to your blog but the links don’t seem to work anymore?


    much appreciated if you can help at all. 

    1. XB9S

      XB9S, BSN, MSN, EdD, RN, APN

      Hi Mark, how long is the presentation for? I guess that will determine the level of detail.

      Take a look at the JD and try to cover off some of the key elements, I would imagine it will be around making sure there is adequate governance and assurance regarding care and improvements.  

      Support and education for the team, networking with health partners and local authorities to wrap care around the patient


  7. XB9S

    UK nurses overseas - maintaining NMC registration

    I've sent you a PM
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    Outdoor fields and nursing?

    Hi there, I spent around 20 years volunteering in a rescue organisation in the UK and love wilderness medicine. Happy if you want to drop me a PM and chat
  9. XB9S

    Most nurses not heros

    There is a growing view with my colleagues in the UK that the "hero" worship is a convenience for our government Calling us heros, referring to our clinical areas as the "front line" is deflecting and distracting the general public from our increasing death rate (2nd only to USA ) poor reporting of community deaths, so the reality is the death rate is higher is hidden and not challenged. The downgrading of the virus classification from a disease of high consequence which opened the door to reduced levels of PPE. Using terminology usually attributed to war means when a "soilder" is injured or dies there is an acceptance this is likely to be an acceptable loss without the scrutiny of the equipment we are sent into battle with I am seeing frustrated, angry colleagues (and myself included) declaring this is not a war, we are not fighting on the front line and deaths and injury because of poor decision making is not and should not be accepted
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    Checking in

    Good to see that the 4 nations of the UK are united in how to proceed with the lockdown 🤪
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    Checking in

    Not morbid at all, I think its what we are all feeling and after yesterday my worries are so much higher. Our ED was so busy with drunk aggressive people, I expect within 14 days we will see the impact this behaviour has on an aggressively contagious virus. Oh and gin would be great 👍 😁😁😁
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    Checking in

    Well we are being told we are past the peak, and that we have flattened the curve. I've been working in a medical unit and CoVID admissions, and even though we have had enough of the recommended PPE so many of my colleagues and friends have been ill its been very scary, and you have to question the level of protection we are using It's been a really tough couple of months and I have to be honest I think I'm more anxious about what comes next than I was going into this thing. The impact of this virus both physically and emotionally has been huge, exhausting. So just "checking in" to say hi, how are you all doing and hoping that you are relatively unscathed Sending you all hugs (appropriately socially distanced of course)
  13. XB9S

    How to properly inject your lungs with Lysol

  14. XB9S

    UK nurses overseas - maintaining NMC registration

    You could look at the Royal College of Nursing, they have CPD modules on their website
  15. XB9S

    UK nurses overseas - maintaining NMC registration

    CPD is CPD, my advice would be if it's in a different language then write a reflection around your CPD in English to evidence relevant learning. Aa a confirmer I would accept that
  16. Hi Joshe, so sorry for your experience, it sounds like a very challenging day and one where you needed support. Are you a registered nurse or nursing assistant? Also, can I ask which country you work in, some of your language suggests it may not be the US in which case the legislation around restriction and restraint may differ. Edit: sorry from another post I can see your from Austrailia.