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What it’s like working in a psychiatric hospital Q&A

Auxiliary nurse, therapy care assistant or healthcare assistant which ever name you use the job role and responsibilities are relatively unknown. As a result I often get asked… “What do you actually do at work?” “Who and what do you assist with”? “Who do you work with”? So I’m going to explain my role and […]

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OU Modules I’m taking next academic year

After sharing via Instagram that I’ve chosen my modules for the next academic year, a few of you have been asking what my life will look like now that I’m studying 120 credits. The short answer is busy, very busy I mean, it’s a lot to take on and it is overwhelming, but I sort […]

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Reflection on my first year of university as a mature student

This week I submitted my final assignment (👏🏼). With the OU self reflection contributing a lot to the assignments, I thought I’d write a short reflection on my first year as a mature distance learner. The first year began with DD102 Introducing the social sciences which ran from February to September 2019 and ended with […]

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Tips on surviving the night shift in healthcare

In a couple of weeks time I will be doing a two week block of night shifts. Not just one, not just two but three nights in a row. This is something I have been doing intermittently since I started working as a hca, and something that took a while to get used to. I’m […]