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Dr Anthea - ah who needs to learn things... just google it!

So... I’ve been rather busy with this work thing
Although I enjoy being a nurse... I am constantly tired when I’m not working
And due to this have been neglecting certain things like h2g2 smiley - sorry

I have just finished a flurry of night shifts smiley - fullmoon Which went better than I initially feared. Although some nights involved a lot of running around responding to staff alarms...
My day shift pattern is two 13 hour days and two 8 hour days so that’s not much better...

So yes staff where I work all have a personal alarm which we use to alert each other that we need help, it tells you where an alarm has been activated through a phone system but is otherwise silent... so patients are not always aware when you have activated one.

I work in a specialist mental health hospital... that being one that only treats mental health and two wards for dementia (one per gender) all wards are single gender wards and the patients have individual bedrooms with ensuite and showers

My ward currently is home to 16 ladies (although last week we had 17 at one point despite only having 16 rooms and had to send a lady to another ward to sleep for one night) due to constant pressure for beds we had to fill one while the lady was on home leave and she returned unexpectedly.
It is mostly... nice (we don’t say the word quiet when we’re working as were a superstitious lot) I like it
I like working despite being a learning disability nurse on a mental health ward I find the two are closely enough related that I don’t feel lost, and the staff team are super and supportive so I’m quite pleased. Except when I had to cover a ward I knew nothing about...
all I can say is when you see people in the news complaining we are short staffed and under funded it is no exaduration we are constantly asking for more staff and constantly being told we can’t use bank or agency staff as it costs too much and then factor annual leave and sick days.....

Anyway I didn’t want to complain just wanted to let you all know what I’ve been up to lately.
We are hoping to move house this year at some point as this one is getting small now the boys are getting bigger...
we are still waiting for an autism diagnosis for the big monster but the paediatrician has said we will probably get one when it goes to panel, he’s also worried about the little monster and wants the school to start working more supportively. We are struggling to think of a good high school for the big one as he is too able for a specialist school but will need a good support for normal high school... he loves science and drawing but hates English and writing...

And... I’m hoping to take a trip to Northern Ireland in the summer (now that I have ID) once I’ve done some research on where to stay and how to travel...

It feels a bit like life is just working and sleeping with everything else just happening around the edges and at times I feel a bit lost... but I’m building the balance back up slowly

smiley - doctor Anthea


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Jackruss a Grand Master of Tea and Toast, Keeper of the comfy chair, who is spending a year dead for tax reasons! DNA!

smiley - smiley hi and hellosmiley - biggrin


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Dr Anthea - ah who needs to learn things... just google it!

Hello and Hi Jack
smiley - laugh


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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

Hi Anthea!
I'm glad that you found a job with nice colleagues. I can't comment much on your work times other than that it unfortunately seems to be normal in all medical professions. I have a cousin who is a doctor at a hospital and I often thought I'd never manage to work the hours he does. My job has other problems, but at least I work a steady 8am-5pm.


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Dr Anthea - ah who needs to learn things... just google it!

Hi Tavaron!
So nice yo hear from you smiley - biggrin
Are you enjoying your work?


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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

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posts 1 and 15 smiley - smiley

where were you when I needed a good looking and kind smiley - nurse ?


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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

My work is a double sided coin:

I really enjoy my profession. Planning buildings is just what I do, no matter if I'm at work or not. Of course there are some aspects that I don't enjoy so much but in some cases I just need some more experience I think. I am for instance bad at and do not enjoy technical details but do enjoy and am very good at the layout of different rooms and functions.

On the other hand my boss is really a smiley - bleep and that completely ruins the atmosphere at my office.smiley - erm I'm also quite underpayed.


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Dr Anthea - ah who needs to learn things... just google it!

A good work team can really make or break a place. smiley - sadface
I hope there are more good days than not,

Prof I’m currently mostly working with ladies, but flattery will get you places smiley - laugh Trust you to get into trouble though


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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

smiley - winkeyeany lengths to keep my reputation Antheasmiley - biggrin


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Dr Anthea - ah who needs to learn things... just google it!

smiley - laugh well I hope your on the mend now, then again it’s normally the troublesome people that we all remember smiley - winkeye


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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

WHO smiley - angel ME! smiley - whistle


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