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Student dilemmas

Saw this on Facebook.

Nothing’s changed then?!

‘Any tips on dealing with the huge number of different ways of doing things…..for example CCT. taught one way, told by mentor 2 it’s not correct and taught the “right way”, mentor 3 then comes along and asks me to do it a totally different way! not even small differences but totally discrediting the other mentors technique. So hard to practice and develop a skill when everytime it’s a different way? how do you deal with this without being rude etc….I’m totally up for learning and respect my mentors wealth of experience, but aghh it’s hard to remember all the different ways.’










A week of firsts, part two

So….no internet and no tv. But no time for either really. Tuesday saw a trip back to Paisley to invigilate at the exams. This time I was overseeing students in the computer labs. Just two in each session, requiring more time and a computer in order to complete the exam paper. We really do try to support those requiring extra help with writing!

But the other really interesting first time experience of the week, was my Role Specific Training as a Commonwealth Games volunteer. A Clydesider!!

Off to Glasgow for an 8 am start and a ten hour day. And it was a busy ten hours. I was late – trouble parking but we are assured parking will be easier at the time as local businesses are on holiday. I will try harder next time.

I am a T2 driver! They describe this as providing a superior VIP limousine service. So the first few sessions covered our role, how it fits in with the rest of the teams and we were then divided into groups to go over – using the radios – great fun! Control, control this is bravo 321 over, the sat nav which we are to ignore generally as we have to follow the prescribed Games Road Network, etiquette and politeness and how to drive safely! This took the entire morning. A quick lunch, beautifully organised and with choices that would suit all. Then out in the cars.

I thought we would go out with the many experienced people in attendance. But no. Divided into threes and handed the keys and paperwork and a route between the various venues in use during the Games. I happened to be sitting next to a colleague from GTCS so he and I were accompanied by another guy to take turns driving, navigating and being the radio op.

What fun! Thought I knew Glasgow. No way! And following the approved route when the sat nav said otherwise was…..challenging! We had about three hours on the road before being recalled to base. This on a busy Friday afternoon in Glasgow compounded by a fire in the city centre which turned out to be The Art School. But it was fun. On our return, a debriefing, a reassurance that we would get more practice on our next day of training and our own A-Z specially overlaid with Commonwealth Games and we were sent on our way. I have 17 shifts over the games starting at various times from early morning to mid afternoon to late evening. There will be a lot of hanging about by the sound of it. Need to take my knitting with me.

So home. But actually not home! Off to babysit with Becky. Lovely evening. Need I say more. Home very late.

New edition of Midwife’s Guide to Key Medical Conditions

A day at home today as car is running badly and is having a service. So some scholarly activity! Need to write a proposal for a second edition for this book. I am comparing the content of the first edition with a book which is no longer selling well to see if the relevant parts can be incorporated into this second edition. The publisher would also like the book to include some aspects of management which was not included before. I think this should be included in boxes but not to any great extent as the book is the right size and the right price already.