Degree update

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The mad rush of essays and exams have started.

Engaging Service Improvement poster presentation: 16th October 2019
Engaging Service Improvement essay: 21st October 2019
Evidence Based Practice project plan: 4th November 2019
Evidence Based Practice lit review: 4th November 2019
Evidence Based Practice exam: 7th November 2019
Long Term Conditions exam: 14th November 2019
Drugs exam: 14th November 2019

I am not even thinking about exams till, after 21st October, I honestly feel I will be ok with them, it is my assignment due in on 21st that is currently killing me! At first I thought the assignment was easy but now I’m struggling to understand it. I have finally gotten an appointment with learning support as I struggle with evaluate/analyse etc , Been trying to see them for ages but nothing, have to email them direct, then they compain about the time before the deadline. Doesn’t seem right as some in my cohort appear to get appointments whenever they want and see them for EVERYTHING!!

I’ve had two essay results back so far both pretty poor marks 49 + 55. I need to really improve with the rest of the year. If I can get a decent poster/presentation mark then I should pass the module as I feel my assignment mark will be a fail.

Trying to find out if 2nd year is worth 50% or only 30%. I do hope it’s 30%

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My time at uni so far….

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I have been at uni for 4 months now so feel it’s about time for an update.

Our first week there for all induction, info on course + modules + tutors etc, we got down to business the second week. We are only there Monday – Thursday so I have been able to keep my job, though I will be leaving it soon (more to come later).

In the first year we have the following modules:

  • Foundations Of Nursing Knowledge
  • Foundations Of Nursing Practice
  • Human Anatomy And Physiology For Nursing
  • Nursing Assessment Skills
  • Person Centred Practice

By far the hardest module is Human Anatomy And Physiology For Nursing. I find it the most interesting but also the hardest 🙁 We have four 1 hr online exams for this module, thankfully mostly multiple choice. I’m not doing any current revision as yet as I am concentrating on my other modules.

Very early on everyone broke into social groups, most people are local, but there are a few of us that have to travel some distance. There are/were 24 people in our co-hort, so a nice small group, we have since been joined by 6 (I think) students from the co-hort before us. they either needed to make up placement hours + failed a module or failed part of a module. You fail the year if you fail 60 + credits. Some are retaking Foundations Of Nursing Practice (they failed either hours or assignments), some are retaking that plus Nursing Assessment Skills and some just Nursing Assessment Skills. We have also lost one student you gave up and one student who is pregnant so isn’t allowed to do placements, therefore she is doing her placements with the September co-hort and will be in the year below us.

We have so far only handed in two assignments. One was a 1000 word report for Foundations Of Nursing Knowledge the other was a presentation that was recorded! We should be getting our marks back any day now. We have a presentation due in in July (as well as anatomy) but our main focus right now is placements.

Placements have been another thing entirely. There were many an issue for some people. I pick Portsmouth uni due to the placement area i.e Worthing, but all my placements this year are in Bognor or Chichester. When I queried this, as it turns out you stay in that area/hospital the full 3 years, they were surprised as I live in Worthing and asked if I’d be interested in Brighton. No difference in travel but a much bigger hospital, so I said yes. As far I haven’t heard anything, so either nothing will happen or it will change for next year. I was expecting to get a nursing home placement 5 min walk from my house but that hasn’t happen, maybe next year.

Other people had much bigger issue than me, some couldn’t get in touch with anyone, some had their placement taken away and some didn’t even know where they were going to start with. We start placements next week and have two 3 week placements with our OSCEs the week between them!

More on placements + OSCEs to follow.

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I got into uni!


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After weeks of wondering  and emails to uni, I finally today got the news I was waiting for…I got my uni confirmation that I will be going to uni in Feb 2018 to do nurse training!!!!

Needing to go out to celebrate at some point 😉

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Update on studies


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Results were released last Tuesday, there were not good. I knew I had failed K311 as I didn’t get the required 40% for the OCAS. The result for SDK228 was/is pending, I got through today however the result of the investigation for plagarism! Basically everything they flagged up has been ignored so very little is to be marked, I won’t have passed due to this!

What does this all mean?

I can do a resit in September with the result at the end of the month but that would be too late for Portsmouth. I am trying to get The Open Uni to convert my credits to the DipHE in the hope that Portsmouth will still accept me. The Open Uni are very slow to respond so I may have to phone them up tomorrow.

I feel like should a failure yet again!

I am thinking of applying to The Open Uni for nursing for September 2018. It would mean 4 years but might be better financially. I am however thinking of giving up completely. I can get funding for a 2nd degree and have been thinking of going down the route of Computing & IT or Sport & Fitness. The former would be better job wise that the latter, the latter would be more for enjoyment but maybe I could get a part-time job at the gym or something.

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Which uni to go to?


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It has transpired that there will no longer be any salaried secondment places from September 2017. Due to this I now have no intention of waiting for a place from Surrey Uni. I now only have Southampton and The Open Uni. Southampton is full time over 3 years & The Open Uni is part time over 4 years. It really comes down to finances.

With Southampton I would be eligible for a maintenance loan of £8430 for each year. That would mean over 12 months I’d get £702.50 a month and need to do 6 bank shifts a month to make my income £2000 (including OH’s money).

With The Open Uni I would still be eligible for the NHS bursary (2018 students onwards take out the loan). This would be £4,118.25 making it £343 a month! I’d have to pretty much work full time to be able to pay my bills etc.

I had contemplated The Open Uni, in respect to placements & travel cost being less, but I just wouldn’t know how to study, be on placement & work enough to make ends meet.

I ‘may’ look at clearing places for Portsmouth & Brighton but I am actually happen about Southampton, I just don’t like the idea of £250 travel costs a month.

While writing this post I’ve already answered my question of where I should go, Southampton, and looked at my budget to bring it down to £1800.

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The worst interview ever and other things!!!


So I had my 2nd nursing interview on 19th April and it didn’t go well at all! My time was 12:30 but I didn’t get called in till 12:45/50 and I was out by 13:20.

I um-ed & ah-ed too much, I made no sense and really didn’t answer the question well. I won’t be one of the highest scorers this time round.

Anyways I have resided myself to the fact that I won’t be starting my training this September and I shall be completing my Health & Social Care degree with the OU and applying for nursing BSc for September 2017 at Brighton, Surrey & Southampton as well as nursing PGDip at Southampton and ODP at Portsmouth & Surrey. I’m not sure how I will right my personal statement for both nursing & ODP.

They are having interviews tomorrow then we should find out sometime during the week. I will be totally shocked it I do get in.

In other news I have been going to the gym for just over a week now, I have so far taken 1 group class (bodypump) and played around with the treadmills and squat rack somewhat. I shall be started full on training doing New Rules of Lifting or along those lines anyways once I’m back from Isle of Wight at the start of May.

Worked out that we should be able to afford out May 2017 holiday. I was working on the idea that we needed xyz amount on top of the credit card payments when in fact we just need to increase these payments slightly as we will be using them for the trip. No extra savings needed, though they would be nice.

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