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Just an update…

As you may know, I had my interview for the BA (hons) Nursing Studies – Children’s Branch last Friday… I was told that I would get a letter telling me whether I was successful or not “at the beginning of the week”.

Well it’s Friday and still, no letter… I called uni to ask whether there was a delay or if it might have been lost in the post.

The lady said that they couldn’t send me a letter because I hadn’t added my choice in Clearing – I did look at it but it said I had to have had an offer first so I didn’t think I could…

Anyway, on the phone she was gone for ages, asking me to confirm my name and address etc… She came back and said that she’d found me on the system but no decision had been made yet so she went to look for my paperwork from the interview (!) and came back to tell me I’d been successful and they’d like to offer me a place!!

I’m in! I’m a Student Nurse!! I start in September!


On another note… I was expecting the final bursary payment of £1500 from my previous course today. I spoke to my tutor last week and confirmed the date as I have bills to pay… She confirmed that it would definitely be today…

Midnight came, I checked – a bit premature, I know – it wasn’t there… I woke up at 3am and thought I’d have a look – not there.

Awoke at 8.30am and checked every 10 minutes, still nothing. By 12pm, I decided to call them and their response was classic!


“Well, I can put it in today and you’ll get it on Wednesday, is that ok?” – NO IT ISN’T OK! I have a payment to make and it’s taken me over my overdraft, are you going to pay my charge?!

She said it should be in by the end of business today.


Sheffield Hallam and their lack of organisation…




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So I’m not having a good week for the bugs!!

This time last week I had never seen a flea in my life – and I’ve always had pets: dogs; birds; hamsters; rabbits; ferrets; fish; even a rat!

The other day I saw a little bug on my hand… I brushed it off and thought nothing of it. A minute later I noticed that the dog had one on his head and as I tried to move it, it jumped…

Needless to say, I jumped too! I’ve never seen a bug jump!! My mum told me it was just a bug and not to worry, until I saw another one on him, poor little guy…

So apparently he’s befriended this little hedgehog in the back of the garden (our garden backs onto a little woods) and he goes up and plays with it on an evening… Hedgehogs are renowned for being flea-ridden… Putting two and two together, I figured they must be fleas.

Now, he only had those two or three but I had a massive bite on my thigh – and it was a right welt!!

I told Mum that maybe we should vacuum and get him some flea stuff…

The next day, no flea stuff – she said he ony had those few and they’ve gone now…  I’m sorry but what about those that are hiding, either on the dog or on the carpet?!

Another few were just lolling about on his head so I suggested again getting some flea stuff…

This afternoon, still no flea stuff so I went to Asda and got some spray for the carpet, which can also be used on the dog… It actually kills them too, not like that Spot On stuff which is just a repellent.

Anyway, I’ll spray him (he won’t like that!) and we’ll see what happens!


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I hate moths… I’m terrified of them – they just flap around your head and they’re blind so they just bash you in the face and are too dumb to even realise…

The other night, I was sat minding my own business, playing The Sims 3, if you must know… and this massive white moth just swooped down at me, landing on my arm.

I jumped and it flew onto my chest, pervy moth! I gasped for air and the boyfriend had a little chuckle – he knows I don’t like them…

When he could see, though, that I was absolutely terrified, crying and not breathing, he got up and helped me…

Honestly, I always knew that I didn’t like them and was kind of afraid of them – even though they can’t actually hurt me – but I never realised just how much! I mean come on, a panic attack is a bit much isn’t it?! My chest was still hurting hours later!

I wouldn’t call it a phobia – I have a phobia of something else and it’s not the same, otherwise I wouldn’t be blogging about it! I’m scared, that’s all…

So anyway, it flew further into the room and the boyfriend said he thought he’d got it but couldn’t see it… his suggestion was “well, they just turn to dust, don’t they?!”

We went downstais for ten minutes and I was on edge, looking all over for it… it wasn’t just a normal moth, it was massive and strange looking… it’s feelers were huge!

When we got back to the bedroom, I edged my way to the bed, looking around as I went. I finally plucked up the courage to carry on with my Sims (lol) when it swooped back at me, just narrowly avoiding my hand.

He got it that time but dear me!!



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Right, so I know that I mentioned (ages ago…) that I’m into Fashion Design and hope to one day become a fashion designer, when I get better at my drawing and sewing!!

Well I’ve got a portfolio of around 150 sketches now and have started to re-do some using watercolour paints, enhancing them and generally making them prettier… Basically just keeping myself doing something when I’m having a bit of a designing block!!

Unfortunately I’ve not had the time or energy to do any sewing – it means me sitting by myself on the landing, where the sewing machine is – I’d rather be sat with the boyfriend, watching TV, playing The Sims 3 or drawing/painting…

This means that I’ve not been able to hone my sewing skills (or lack thereof) and so my dress form has just been stood there in my room, with a very simple dress made out of a pillowcase just pinned on!

I was thinking about taking a class but I just can’t afford it at the minute, and I’m not sure if it is really worthwhile me doing…

I was also considering trying to “break into” the fashion world, a la The Devil Wears Prada, perhaps being an intern or something, just getting out there and learning… That looks really difficult though, especially when you live in the middle of nowhere! Any helpful hints or tips would be greatly appreciated!

Eventually I’ll get there, I know I will – you’ll all be wearing R&R originals sometime in the near future!!

Watch this space!


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Well, I had my interview for the BA (hon) Nursing Studies – Children’s branch yesterday at SHU (Sheffield Hallam University)

All I can say is “DEAR ME!!” If that’s how they conduct the interview and the kind of tutors I’ll have, I don’t even know if I want to go there!!

The first part of it (group task) went really well but the individual interview was horrific!

He kept twisting everything I said into a negative – I’ve got a degree in Early Childhood Studies so know about development and milestones and have had experience of working with children and families etc – but I’ve only worked with “well” children so it’s worthless.

I don’t have enough clinical knowledge and experience – I’m sorry but isn’t that why I’m applying to uni – to learn?!

I don’t know enough about the role of a nurse – I was given a scenario of a four year old boy just having had his appendix removed – what would my priorities be? I said to ensure he wasn’t in pain and that he was comfortable, if his parents weren’t there he might need comforting, if he’d had stitches, make sure they’re ok etc… he didn’t seem too happy with that and kept asking me “what do you think I’m wanting you to say?” How the hell am I supposed to know?!

It seemed very much like he was expecting me to already have the degree knowledge before even enrolling on the course! I couldn’t get anything right and told him I feel like I haven’t done very well and that I’m there because I want to and am willing to learn.

I mentioned some models of nursing, the ACCESS model, which he didn’t seem aware of and when I mentioned it’s about spirituality and culture, he said “Oh, that’s a fluffy model, I don’t do fluffy models, what else do you know?” So I discussed the Roper model, which is the most prevalent UK model… He said he was impressed because no candidate had ever mentioned models of nursing to him before… Didn’t seem to be enough though and he basically told me that I am competing against the best candidates for a limited few places (a lie because the woman from the introductory presentation told us there was a place available for each of us if we were successful) and that a lot of candidates end up applying quite a number of times before they are successful… He also said he was concerned that although I conduct myself very well, my lack of knowledge and clinical experience is a downfall (basically telling me I was crap and unsuccessful)

I am absolutely gutted – I won’t find out until next week but it didn’t seem like it went well… Although I think that if I’d had another interviewer, I’d have done a lot better – I was in a corridor with people walking past and a flickering light and he seemed to be playing bad cop but there was no good cop!!

I didn’t cry though, well, I didn’t let the tears come out… I just went to Asda and Mr R&R bought me loads of treats!!


I’ll keep you posted!




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So… I haven’t been blogging very much lately… I’m sorry (if anyone’s actually reading this!)

My excuse is that I have been on my final university placement and have been busy (not really, just tired!)

So I have finished my degree… what a ball-ache that was… Got my results and was absolutely gutted… I ended up coming out with a Third… still graduating, with honours, but still, Third Class isn’t great, is it?

Well I’ve sent off an appeal because they capped an entire module at 40 during my second year, because I didn’t hand an assignment in due to my temporary withdrawal… I was told that I could re-do the year and was never told that they’d cap my mark, let alone cap the entire module! I was gutted because when I actually did the assignment, I got a 71 and for the second assignment I got something like a 59… I guess you can understand why I was gutted that they capped it at 40, when the average was a 65!!

That’s why I’ve appealed against it… Hopefully they’ll accept it and bump my degree up to a 2.2 (Second Class), since that’s what I’ve actually earned!

Anyway… I’ve finished my degree but I’ve still been doing the course I had taken alongside it… The Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and have been on placement at a Sure Start Children’s Centre as part of that… My final assessment is on Tuesday but I’ll stay until Friday, because I’m just that nice!!

After that, I plan on never hearing the word “OFSTED” or “EYFS” ever again… Fair enough, I have a degree and a graduate level status but I don’t ever intend on using them… It’s just not for me… I’ve applied through Clearing for a place on the Children’s Nursing degree… Let’s hope I can get over my MAJOR phobia of veins otherwise that’ll be another wasted degree and 3 years!

To be honest, I’ve always wanted to be a nurse… Teaching and Early Years, nursery work or whatever… that’s just something I fell into and I could never have worked in that field long term… I want to be a Mum someday, I think that was the only reason I actually did the Early Childhood Studies degree… I never went into nursing because of my phobia – I didn’t think I could do it – more on that another time… So I’m just hoping that I get onto the course now, otherwise I’ll have to find a job for a year and re-try next time!

Wish me luck!


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