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HAVE YOU EVER HAD DVT or PE?

Reading Time: 4 minutes In March 2017 I noticed that my left leg was swollen when I arrived home from work.  At first, I thought nothing about this, as my job entailed standing for most of my working day.  My working week was thirty-nine hours (Monday to Thursday 08.00 to 17.00 with thirty minutes Lunch Break, Friday was 08.00 to 13.00 with no break). A week went by and the swelling was increasing, my wife who is a nurse, told me to consult our G.P straight away.  I managed to get an appointment and was examined by one of the doctors at the GP

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NMC changes

Reading Time: 4 minutes From 7th October 2019, nurses and midwives applying to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council register from overseas will find the process quicker and more accessible than ever before.  Applicants are now able to apply through an online system rather than paper, therefore speeding up the application process.  They can track their progress through their personal account. Very important improvements include streamlined requirements to confirm a candidate’s competence.  The NMC will confirm if they hold the qualifications that would lead to registration in their home country.  The pre-application checklist tool on NMC website is a great way of checking eligibility

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Nurses and Doctors Inspired me following a hospital admission

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the year of 2015, I was operating a Machining Centre in the northwest area of the UK.  As I was tightening one of the securing bolts, I suddenly felt a twinge in the back of my neck, which sent a very strong, sharp pain right at the top my left arm.  I thought that I had pulled a muscle.  That evening I took some pain relief and used Deep Heat rub trying to numb the pain in my neck and shoulder. Over the next couple of days, the pain worsened despite using off the counter pain relief I consulted

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Thousands of nurses in Northern Ireland stage a 12 hour strike over pay

Reading Time: 3 minutes Northen Ireland nurses are paid less than their counterparts in England and Wales, therefore went on strike today About 9000 members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) walked out supported by many other healthcare workers. According RCN, a newly qualified registered nurse in Northen Ireland earns £1,875 less than a newly qualified nurse in Scotland and £1,419 less than England and Wales. Much more gaps for specialist nurses. Strike action by nurses can immensely affect patient care and lead to cancellations of operations, appointments and the need for rescheduling causing further delays for planned operations. Nurses’ pay discrepancies may

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CARE HOME NURSE

Reading Time: 3 minutes A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CARE HOME NURSE Working as a Staffnurse for a care home is both demanding and rewarding. Like any other workplace in healthcare it involves long working hours, good clinical knowledge, skills and good interpersonal skills. However the big difference between the care home and the hospital is making sure nursing care is delivered in a manner that still maintains a homely environment for the residents. In essence our clients are actually residents and not patients. Work starts at 7 am each morning with handover from the night staff which usually takes about 15

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How is No Deal Brexit uncertainties affecting EU Healthcare workers and their families?

Reading Time: 3 minutes   There is a very real risk that leaving the EU without an agreement could exacerbate the workforce crisis in health care. With nearly 100,000 vacancies in English NHS Trusts and a further 110,000 in social care, patient care will be compromised. Currently the NHS need an additional 5000 internationally recruited nurses each year to stop the situation worsening. A migration system which impeded this would have serious implications even if the current staff are persuaded to stay. Ninety percent of staff would not qualify for a permanent visa due to restrictions of high salary set up as one of

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Role of Pharmacy Support Worker

Reading Time: < 1 minute 20th August There are various roles in pharmacy departments but others are less known to job seekers including Pharmacy Support Worker role. We just want to highlight some of the duties and responsibilities entailed in the job. You will work in a large licensed Aseptic Facility that provides a wide range of products to NHS Trusts Undertake on the job training to develop the necessary competence, skills and knowledge to fulfil the job You will carry out the routine preparation of all aseptically prepared drugs in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures and Good Manufacturing Practice Register for job alerts: www.medical-esolutions.co.uk

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How to stay focused on a 12 hour night shift

Reading Time: 2 minutes Provision of 24 hour nursing care inevitably involves shift work and flexible working, including long days or 12 hour shifts (Newy and Hood 2004, Lorenz 2008 ) Many hospitals in the UK that I have worked in have changed shifts patterns from the traditional 8 hours to 12 hours over the past few years. This was unheard of when I started my nursing journey over 30 years ago. The 12 hours shift patterns enables Ward managers to plan the staffing rota in a more cost effective and easier way as there is just 2 shifts in 24 hours.  Rotas can

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Nursing and Midwifery Council announces a new online system for Overseas applicants

Reading Time: 4 minutes From 7th October 2019, nurses and midwives applying to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council register from overseas will find the process quicker and more accessible than ever before.  Applicants are now able to apply through an online system rather than paper, therefore speeding up the application process.  They can track their progress through their personal account. Very important improvements include streamlined requirements to confirm a candidate’s competence.  The NMC will confirm if they hold the qualifications that would lead to registration in their home country.  The pre-application checklist tool on NMC website is a great way of checking eligibility

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