Any nurses out there? Can I have a quick word?

(164 Posts)
Kellamity Mon 25-Jun-12 16:40:47

I am about to do my return to practice course (Sept 2012) and between now and then I would like to get a bit of reading in as I have been out of practice for 9 year shock.

Can you recommend me a good all round journal? It always used to be either the Nursing Times or the Professional nurse and maybe a good text book for a bit of bedtime reading? I still have my Watsons!!! Any good pocket books that might come in handy for when I start work?

Kellamity Sun 01-Jul-12 21:18:51

Aw late sorry you've been left feeling a bit down sad. Make those phone calls though, I bet you'll find something. Let us know how you get on. I can't believe your HA don't support RTP nurses. angry

CaliforniaLeaving Mon 02-Jul-12 00:20:29

I've been wondering about the return to practice course. I've been working but not in UK, contacted NMC and they said I could do it if I wanted to get back to work. I became a nurse in the 80's didn't work in UK long but up until 7 years ago I was working as a Home visit nurse her in California. I've got my CA license and all my education hours are up to date. My huge concern is it's a Uni course isn't it?
I did my nursing the old fashioned way trained at the local hospital in their school. Not sure if I'm Uni material, or if I could keep with 12 hour shifts even if I did get through the classes.

callow Mon 02-Jul-12 10:59:13

I did a RTP course in 2009, probably at the same university as you as I am in the southwest.

This is good website www.studentnurse.org.uk/

Lots of current information on nursing practice on the forum and example essays.

I enjoyed the course and made some good friends. Nearly everyone was able to get a job. I initially did bank work until a suitable job (one without night duty as I am a single parent) came along. I am very happy that I have been able to get back into nursing.

CarnivorousPanda Mon 02-Jul-12 13:24:22

Well, I got an email last week saying I'm on the waiting list for February.

I've just phoned to check and they are interviewing next week for September intake. So current plan is to forward my application and I suppose -see whether I get an interview for September.

They sound nice and will hopefully find me a placement if I'm successful.

So issue is that and also logistics of getting there.

Has anyone else had to travel some distance for this course, as I'd like to know how easy they found it.

lateSeptember1964 Mon 02-Jul-12 15:00:01

Hooray! I have only gone and secured two placement offers. They are both in Nottingham so involve a bit of driving but I don't care. I have gone from feeling down and defeated on Friday to this unbelievable position. Feeling very chuffed

Kellamity Mon 02-Jul-12 15:18:02

Fantastic news late, really well done! What are your placements? Hospital or community?

lateSeptember1964 Tue 03-Jul-12 20:01:10

The first placement is a large private hospital. Although they are private they take student nurses. The second is a NHS hospital. The lady at the NHS hospital offered me a place, asked me the type of ward I would like and within the hour came back with a specific placement on a trauma ward. She has been brilliant and has already sorted out induction days, honorary contract and invited me over to meet the ward manager. I think I will take the NHS placement purely because of the amount of effort they have put into me within such a short space of time.

Kellamity Tue 03-Jul-12 20:15:08

That's brilliant late! I was hoping to heater something today but nothing sad, hey ho maybe tomorrow!

Kellamity Tue 03-Jul-12 20:15:51

heater? confused hear!!

ggirl Tue 03-Jul-12 20:23:27

I did the RTP course at bournemouth uni 4yrs ago. It's not hard but more time consuming.
I now have a job in the community and love it.

kateclarke Wed 04-Jul-12 11:41:04

LateSeptember I have sent you a pm.

lateSeptember1964 Wed 04-Jul-12 12:03:48

many thanks Kate have sent a pm back. Hope you have heard something by now Kellamity.

Kellamity Wed 04-Jul-12 18:07:22

<<<<sigh>>>> nothing again today!

lateSeptember1964 Thu 05-Jul-12 11:50:55

Hope today is your day and that you hear good news. Maybe you should ring them late afternoon if you hear nothing. I have decided you have to really fight your corner. Good luck

Kellamity Thu 05-Jul-12 18:35:37

Yay! Received a pack in the post offering me a funded place in September. Thought I would have to go for a interview first but doesn't seem to be required! Orientation day 2 weeks tomorrow. Time to celebrate and fill in yet more forms grin

ggirl Thu 05-Jul-12 21:38:03

Brilliant..does that mean you're paying for the course or not?

Kellamity Thu 05-Jul-12 21:47:39

I applied to fund myself but they are funding it for me. They said they had very limited funded places but for some reason I was given one. I am guessing that as they let me apply after the closing date they haven't had many applications for this particular course.

Woofsaidtheladybird Thu 05-Jul-12 21:51:49

Lots of luck ladies. Am still in practice but on mat leave. It's a battlefield out there! smile

lateSeptember1964 Fri 06-Jul-12 00:39:53

Thats brilliant news Kellamity. How exciting only two weeks until orientation and then a September start. Well done

CarnivorousPanda Mon 09-Jul-12 17:53:38

Just heard they have offered me an interview on Wednesday for September!!!

Excited, but not exactly prepared. Any advice on literacy/numeracy tests?
Feeling a bit daunted as its been a long time..............

Kellamity Mon 09-Jul-12 20:46:56

Good luck Panda let us know how you get on! I'm intrigued to know what they expect you/want you to know prior to the course. I would have thought they will be interested in your reasons for returning, why now and what you have to offer nursing now. smile

CarnivorousPanda Mon 09-Jul-12 21:50:39

Oh thanks Kellamity, I may need it with the numeracy test...........still, there's always the February intake.

Email says to set aside the whole afternoon for the process. Think I prefer your letterof acceptance.

Kellamity Sat 14-Jul-12 10:10:53

How did you get on?

CarnivorousPanda Sun 15-Jul-12 21:09:59

Well, I am down to start in October!

Think I can work around my current job initially as its part time.

Kellamity, what have you been reading to help catch up?

Kellamity Mon 16-Jul-12 08:14:42

Well done! You must be pretty chuffed with yourself. What was the interview like?

I have bought myself a couple of pocket nursing guides, handy reference kind of thing to keep in my bag for sneaky peaks while I'm working. I've bought a Marsden Manual (£36 from Waterstones). I wanted to subscribe to one of the journals but I'm so out of touch I'm not are which one to go for. Any suggestions/recommendations? I see the Nursing Times does online study modules for subscribers but I seem to remember it not being a great journal.

How about you? Have you got some bedtime reading lined up?

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