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

(166 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?

Waterbean Wed 12-Nov-14 08:55:27

Just started my RTP this week at Northumbria Uni. Very daunting but keeping an open mind. Could anyone tell me how hard the assignment was to complete (we only have 8 weeks to complete) and how flexible the placement was with off duty as I would only manage 2 shifts a week on top of attending uni. I am a single mum with 2 young children so struggling a bit. Any reading material you could recommend. Thank you.

MaryB1 Sun 26-Oct-14 18:32:58

Can't answer your queries but would be interested on how you get along. I live in Edinburgh and they don't do the course here. I have looked into doing the online course with Stirling though and then hope I can do my placement in Edinburgh. Not sure about the funding side of things either though. As far as dual trained, I would assume that your course would lead to being adult only., but I could be wrong

motsntoots14 Thu 21-Aug-14 14:13:14

Hi, i wonder if this thread is still active?.
I am starting a gateway to study module at Stirling university next month, with a view to doing RTNP in Feb 2015. Has anyone done the corse in Scotland?, and also i am dual trained in both adults and sick children..after the course, and doing placement on say an adult ward, would i still be able to apply for paediatric posts??
Many thanks,

stillkicking Sun 09-Mar-14 00:27:08

Hi i have been out of nursing 25yrs and am currently working in acute services as a HCA in NI. I love it and am wondering if all the stress of doing the RtNP is really worth it as I have always loved doing basic nursing care and the staff nurses of today are so bogged down in paperwork etc. Would value an opinion. Thanks

tiptop1985 Mon 03-Mar-14 20:51:24

Hi, I was interviewed for rtp about 5 years ago at uea but told I would need to work as a hcsw and then to apply again as I'd been out since 1998 although my registration expired in 2005 whilst in the middle of bringing up 3 kids under 5 ( bit of paeds for a change!) I'm on my own now and have done some private terminal care work and am currently working in school as a teaching assistant. I would like to come back not only for me and the camaraderie of a team but also to give my kids a decent life. They will all be at high school this September.
I have a degree in English from 1999 and am currently studying a teaching and learning support diploma level 3...I'm worried I may not be up to the level required nowadays as I was RGN in 1988. As a single parent, I also need to study in Norfolk for childcare reasons. Has anyone undertaken a Uea course recently? I would be grateful for some advice. I asked a recent bsc graduate while my parent was in hospital last week and he said there were no courses running at present. Also, can you do distance learning with this? Thanks anyone!

Saro14 Tue 18-Feb-14 00:33:14

Hi All, Please I need placement badly in Mental Health. I have already secured a University place for September, 2014. Any ideas and help. Funded or non-funded. Am prepared to travel any where as all my children are grown up and independent.


Leighgull Mon 17-Feb-14 17:21:09

I started RTCN via the University of Hertfordshire with a placement at Basildon A and E. it's tough as I have to knock off 375 hours as well as studying but, all being well, I'll finish in May. My advice is to keep plugging away to find a placement. Hospitals are very short of good Nurses. My main problem is getting to grips with what I can and can't do.

Good luck all.

brummie2 Thu 03-Oct-13 20:56:11

Royal Bournemouth hospital offering placement opportunities for Bournemouth uni RtP students on nhs jobs website.

PennySillin Wed 02-Oct-13 18:12:37

I think initially it was 3 days and then it was about 3 or 4 compulsory study days - that's it! Everything else was local to them and she even visited them in placement (she likes it when she gets Devon and Cornwall students for this reason grin)

Embo83 Wed 02-Oct-13 18:10:10

Thanks penny. I might email her to find out. How many days did u have to attend for study? Swindon seems far if it's a weekly thing lol

PennySillin Tue 01-Oct-13 20:58:09

Mary's last few courses have all been fully funded too!

PennySillin Tue 01-Oct-13 20:57:25

Embo I did mine in Swindon (I am the OP btw have namechanged!). 3 people on our course were from Cornwall and were really well supported locally and just came to Swindon for the study days. Mary Hopper at Oxford Brookes is the course contact and she will help you find a placement.

Embo83 Tue 01-Oct-13 20:54:39

I live in Cornwall, and am trying to find an RTP course. Plymouth uni do one, but they can't guarantee it goes ahead next year due to funding. I know Bristol uni do one, but does anyone know if I could get a placement nearer to home and travel to Bristol for study days?
I am desperate to return to nursing after 5years. It's not gonna be easy!

brittany1 Mon 16-Sep-13 09:40:34

I am not in the country so would appreciate any actual names of universities and names of placement contacts preferably in the Birmingham or London area as I can probably find accommodation there with friends. I have found this thread very reassuring but no one actually says where their placements were found. Contacts would be great. Many thanks.

mandamoot Thu 12-Sep-13 10:47:57

hi there , new here but have just finished rtp course.
started in Jan. Had to self fund and sorted my own placement although uni did sort all other girls placements. I did 150 hrs on CCU and loved it.
It was terrifying at first as had been out for 9 years and had not nursed an adult for over 20 yrs. My previous speciality had been neonates but as I was adult trained I had to do my hours with adults !!!
am happy to answer any questions.

brittany1 Wed 11-Sep-13 12:46:09

Hi. Came across this thread as I have just started the process of searching for a course for next year. Having trouble contacting course leaders by phone at the moment and no replies via email although all the admin. staff have been great. I would appreciate any advice on placements. Looking around the Birmingham area but have no contacts there or knowledge of the area. I am currently abroad.

janymac Sun 11-Aug-13 20:19:35

Hi I am new here, but inspired to join once I saw this thread!

I am about to start the return to practice course in three weeks! I am really excited but also having lots of cold feet. Worried I will make an idiot of myself. Glad to hear I am nit the only one to have found it difficult to get a placement. You have to be REALLY determined to do this or you can give up just trying to get to the start line. Any other new returners out there still reading this thread?

hemani07 Wed 26-Jun-13 09:12:38

I am half way through getting on the RTP course and NEEDS ADVICE on the interveiw questions and the numeracy tests.
Any tips would be fabulous

hotcrossbun99 Sat 18-May-13 15:57:40

How did it go Dermatology?

Dermatology Fri 10-May-13 21:36:28

Hi, I've just applied for the RTNP in Northern Ireland. I've been reading your thread and you all sound so confident! I'm terrified, as I've been out for seven years & I only ever worked in Outpatients, as a staff nurse, then a Clinic Sister. I haven't done a drug round since I was a student!
I have my University interview on Tues & was wondering if you could help me with what sort of questions they might ask? I'm nearly at the point of not even going, but then I'll have wasted this chance. I'd be grateful for any advice or help you could give me. Thanks smile

lateSeptember1964 Thu 28-Feb-13 16:47:51

Tomorrow I hit the 100hrs. Can't believe it, but think I may carry on to about 116. Have started writing up my competencies but struggling with critical thinking. Funny that because I can be quite critical on a daily basis. Feel sad that it's nearly at the end but excited for the next stage. Submission of portfolio is 11th April so just need to get this done.

CarnivorousPanda Sat 09-Feb-13 20:29:43

NK how far are you from Norwich?

Could you get a community post local to you? As there's have said, you just need to have a sign off mentor. I had to send a form back to the uni I was at, which was completed by the placement. It's well worth doing it, though now I am back and registered ad doing shadow shifts, the hard work is now!smile

NKffffffff8de23c44X1197cec241c Wed 06-Feb-13 23:03:50

Hi to everyone posting re RTP. Have been thinking of doing this for a while, been out of nursing since 2004, looked at UEA but worried how far it is not so much for the theory but for placements, has anyone any experience of them? I live in suffolk. Quite daunted by the thought but would really like to be back nursing

I think you might be in with a chance there, though you might have to send yourself on a few training days to prove the NMC that you're keeping up to date.

I completed my RTP last September and have just had my pin back..the place was funded luckily, though I had a hell of a drive to get to the study days.

The RTP is definitely worth it. It's great to start over again with a clean slate, though right now 17 years don't feel like much as I feel newly qualified again!

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