National Blog Publishing Month? Wait a sec, I’ll check. Oh, Posting Month. That makes sense.
So I’m going to give this a go. Show up, day after day. Let’s see.

1. It’s late. When I clicked new post it was 12.34 o’clock, a favourite of mine. You can tell I’m not at home as I’m rarely up at this time there. I’m staying at my parents house.

2. Today I went to dinner with some school friends. It was lovely. I walked a friend back to hers and was invited in for jasmine tea.

3. I’ve given up cereal for a little while. Last week, while I was busy, I ate lots of bowls of it. It’s only Cheerios (and fruit & fibre) but it was the craving part I came to hate. I was thinking of it between meals, after meals, during meals. And we’ve always had Cheerios around, and I never really had them much before. So I said stop. It’s worked already; now it’s not an option, I have only thought of them once.

4. I have an appointment tomorrow with a hair loss specialist. They’ll take a full history, look at previous blood test results and perhaps take a biopsy from my scalp (!). I’m a little nervous- mainly at the thought of not finding any answers. Of being that person, on the endless quest for a diagnosis. Trying this and testing for that. We’ll see- it could be something simple.

5. I had been craving char sui bao for a while (and dim sum in general) so I found a place recommended online (it specifically said popular with local Chinese community – a good sign) and put it on my calendar for today, since it’s near the train station. When I got there I looked at the price on the menu outside, counted my coins then went in and ordered it, and a tap water. When I’d finished, I left my £3, with 40p tip and left. It was a little strange but perfect. They had given me more than a delicious meal- they had hit the spot, and been completely non-judgemental (I didn’t have any more money, and there was a £12 minimum card payment!). It’s called Ho’s, on Vicar Lane, Leeds. I’ll be back, with Boyfriend, and next time we’ll order a full meal and a half.
Oh! Whilst there I saw a boy meeting his girlfriends parents for the first time. He was wearing a tie, looked completely baffled and was being studiously ignored by the father and peered at by the mother. Poor thing.

Till tomorrow (or really, later today).


Child Nursing Interviews

Before I forget; 

Leeds; The focus was them trying to persuade us to go there! Only child nursing applicants. Talk about the course,  group interview, numeracy test, q+a with a student, talk from a community nurse. 

The group interview was pretty easy. Groups of 4. Ice breaker- introduce another person. Mind map 4 questions; what skills do you need? how do patients communicate their needs? what qualities do you need to have? what experiences have you had to help you with these things? fairly informal. present a section back each. 

Numeracy test; half an hour, on a computer, questions randomly chosen from a bank, paper for working out. 

All the interviewers/lecturers seemed very friendly. And they were very convincing! 

York; More formal. All fields of nursing applicants. Very short talk, group exercise (if your plane crashed and you had these things, how would you rank them in importance?), campus tour with a student (freezing cold), then left in a room and called out one by one for individual interviews. This was a little unnecessarily nerve-wracking! Then free to go, no numeracy. 

Individual interview; two women- one relevant to the field. Why do you want to be a nurse? What skills do you need, and do you have them? When have you had to use perseverance? 

Bradford– Didn’t go but I’ve been told that it’s a group exercise. Then, everyone has a question under their chair and they read it out, then everyone discusses it. 

Will add Hull, and Sheffield Hallam when I go. 

25/01/13- Sheffield Hallam- short lecture about the course, split into fields for a group task. This was strange, had to make a ‘sculpture’ on the ‘theme of nursing’ out of tin foil in a group of 5, and we weren’t allowed to sit down. Shown a short scenario clip. Sent downstairs to the cafe to wait to be called back up for individual interview. For me this went really well, as they weren’t trying to be ‘neutral’ and actually seemed interested in what I had to say. Asked questions off a laminated sheet, fairly normal. Then free to go.