A Close Shave

Today in the foyer of Bristol Royal Hospital for Children there was an unusual sight, 3 nurses from the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit had their hair shaved off to raise money for an outside play area and parents facilities for the new Paediatric Oncology/BMT unit opening at the end of this year.

Kerry, Pete and Bex had a target of £2000 to raise for the Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, (the official charity for the Children’s Hospital), and at the time of writing they were about £100 short of that amount.

No going back

 

Kerry, Pete and Bex

 

It is still possible to donate to this amazing cause by visiting Kerry’s page at this email address –  http://www.justgiving.com/sponsor-shave.  How fantastic would it be for them to far exceed their target.

 

New Year New Life

I had a job interview today at Bristol Children’s Hospital on the Bone Marrow Transplant unit.

This is where I worked for many years before I became ill and where I did my practice hours for the Return to Nurse practice course. Consequently I know a lot of the staff on the unit and I was interviewed by 2 managers that I have worked with for at least 15 years. I have to say that was really strange because they know me so well, but obviously had to ask me the same questions as the rest of the candidates.

Less than 2 hours after the interview I had a very pleasing phone call……I got the job!,(subject to references), I am so chuffed and excited about getting back to work again, doing the job I love.

When I first applied for the job I did worry that I was taking a step backwards, the job is a band lower than I was working at before I got ill, also it’s on the same unit. I did wonder whether I should have gone for somewhere new, a new speciality… a new challenge after completing the Return to Nursing course.

But my aim is to get back to work so that I can help Hasan get a visa to come and live in the UK. As I haven’t worked for a number of years I figured it was better to stick to what I know for now. The job is a fixed term for one year so who knows where I will go after that and what new challenges I can take on.

 

Go with the Flo