I have officially registered onto my final year of nursing, this means I’m a soon to qualify nurse! I can now start applying for roles.
Some people may say it’s too early to be doing this but I know of people who have received job offers in October with a start date of the following September. I see it as more opportunities to land that role, especially if you want to work in a certain area.
I’ve applied to 3 or 4 in Worthing/Chichester, 1 in Brighton, and even one in Portsmouth. I’m just hoping that a job I want comes up, I really don’t see myself in elderly care.
I can’t be that picky though and I will accept pretty much any job. It’s best to have multiple offers rather than none at all.
Not sure if anyone in my cohort has started applying yet. I know some won’t for a while. To think that by March I could have my first role as a NQN!
You’ll find most healthy eating or lifestyle bloggers eating low fat this low fat that. Sharing pictures of their acai or smoothy bowls and saying vegan is the way to go. I’m most definitely not one of them.
I don’t eat much fruit, for one it’s expensive and I’m not much of a fan of most of it.
I am looking to be more healthy but for me, some people are only joining the latest ‘trend’ and have no clue about food. I don’t pretend to know anything either, I just know what I like, don’t like and don’t want to be thinking ‘oh let me check the ingredients before eating that’.
I’m not a batch cook person, I’ll make my dinners on the night, I think I’m too lazy for this to be honest.
Trendy things I don’t like:
fruit – all cooked & tinned, most fresh fruit
granola – can’t stand raisins or sultanas
protein bars – most
Things I do like:
veggies/salads – a select few
ready meals – shock!
fruit – apples (only granny smiths), lemons, lime, berries & cherries, bananas
So I am trying to be healthy.I don’t do dressings on the side or only eat half a chicken breast. I try and make my meals high protein. Oh and I usually don’t have breakfast, I start to each anytime after 10pm, it isn’t the most important meal of the day.
I am aiming to make a sensible choice as all meals but if I want dairy or red meat I’ll have it.
10am – boiled egg + cereal bar 14pm – salad + chicken or fish + lots of dressing 22pm – ready meal
7am – protein bar 12pm – salad + chicken or fish + cheese 18pm – dinner + lots of veg
10am – egg + spinach + mushroom 13pm – salad + veg or cheese on toast 18pm – dinner + lots of veg or ready meal if OH is working late
I have days where I go over my calories, days where I don’t get much protein in. I track my calories & macos with MFP and think it is a great tool get people starting to understand the food they eat.
My anxiety has been a cloud all around me these past few weeks. I’m able to get out of the house but if it’s something I don’t want to do, like going to work, I want to hide from the world. I need to know exactly what is going on & what is going to happen. If it’s something new to me, I want to freak out and I don’t know what to do.
I’ve cancelled a ‘few’ shifts with one job this year and now I’m only able to book 24hrs ahead. I went into Brighton last Saturday ready to throw myself into a shift on a ward I’d never worked at before but before I’d even gotten off the bus I had decided not to go. Strangely I wasn’t freaking out about doing the shift or the fact that I had just blown it off. I decided to cancel my next 2 shifts due to a cold/flu basically spending all my time in bed over the weekend. It was on Monday when I was enquiring about shifts for this Friday that I got an email with an attached letter, dated 6th January, stating that I had had all my shifts cancelled and I was only to book 24hrs before! If I had actually gone in for that Saturday shift I would have been turned away anyway.
Since then I have booked a shift for tonight and waiting on confirmation of a shift for tomorrow night. I have also been approved and started at the agency I recently joined. I have a shift Saturday night and then earlies all next week. The pay isn’t as good as the hospital for nights & weekends but it is for days and it’s more local. I am going to give this a try if I don’t like the care home I just won’t go back.
I am still waiting on a date to go for my induction at the private hospital. They asked for my availability in Feb, so I gave them that and also said I’m free the rest of January. Haven’t heard back just yet.
To top things off, I have gone into my OD which I can’t afford to get out of. My food order was meant to be paid on PayPal credit (yes I know bad me) but in fact, it came out of my bank account and I have no money other than like £12 cash for the rest of the month. Thankfully My jobs are weekly paid so I’ll have money next Friday & I get my student loan start of Feb.
So we have had our timetable published for a few weeks now and I forgot to blog about it.
There was no announcement about it, I just happen to continuously check on all things uni (placement post coming soon) and I think I stumbled onto it at the same time as the uni for publishing/working on it. At first, I saw weeks of 4 or 5 days in uni, not something I’d like, what with needing to also work. Thankfully, it turns out there is 1 wk of 5 days & even then I don’t have to go to 2 of them. In total, I have only 9 weeks at uni from Feb to July and then that’s me finished for university for good. I do have 18 weeks of placement after that though.
Strangely, no-one has mentioned anything about the timetable in the main group chat. I have now stopped notifications but no-one has posted since 3rd or 5th December. Usually, as soon as something pops up from uni, someone is asking about it. In my little group chat, no one has mentioned it there either, but they have been talking about an email we got about placements that didn’t make sense.
No-one appears to have noticed that placements have already been allocated either. I’ve mentioned it to one person but they haven’t gotten back to me yet. I think they are on holiday til uni starts.
The first part of “Health 2020” is to join a new studio in Worthing. The cost is currently 50% off @ £49.50 for unlimited classes plus open sessions. They also have a fight club but I’ll be leaving that for others to enjoy.
I plan on doing a review of my experience in future months.
I’m making 2020 the year of change, the year that I have to sort my self out both in health & in wealth.
I have plans to start paying down my debt, slowly at first but throwing what I can at it when I can. I have set up a separate YNAB budget just for debts as well as it’s own bank account.
I am also setting targets for things I want to achieve throughout the year.
Lewis (bonfire night) £100 / £10 pcm Christmas £200 / £10 pcm – to be added to as & when Offers £300 / £15 pcm – to be added to as & when Savings £no target / £10 pcm – to be added to as & when Daytona flights £1010 Daytona hotel £2000 NASCAR tickets £1500
The Daytona holiday isn’t til Feb 2021 so have time to save up.