Hot Tubs, VE Day and IDN!

I took a little break from vlogging to catch more up to date so this is spread over a couple of weeks!

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With the hot weather forecast I finally convinced dad to get the hot tub set up again! To be honest, it didn't take very long because it was still set up from last year, it was just stored in the garage so needed to be moved. By the time it was filled up and up to temperature, it was the next day...VE Day!
We didn't particularly celebrate VE Day and to be honest, with all of us sticking to new routines, the day didn't feel very different. I wore my swimming costume all day waiting for the pool but before I headed in, we enjoyed a bbq because the weather was gorgeous.
Luckily, with meetings and commitments dotted about the week, it is still forcing me to get dressed (and showered!) regularly and I am actually loving my blue hair. For those that missed last week's weekly, it is a temporary and slowly washes out of 10 - 15 washes. With my thick hair, it's not lasting quite as long but I love it.
It was a gorgeous day so I set up a picnic blanket outside and enjoyed music, reading and food. This was a day off of work and I was so thankful for the break. I actually really enjoy working when I get into the swing of it, but it's vital to take rest days too.
If you watch the vlog, I finished my book and I also got a little burnt while sunbathing, but it turned into a lovely tan by the next day so it wasn't too bad.
I managed to find a reduced boxed cake mix when I went shopping on IDM so I decided it was about time to make the cake and despite being gluten free, it was really yummy, super moist and turned out great.
 Exactly a week after IDM, it was time for International Day of the Nurse instead. According to the International Council of Nurses, International Day of the Nurse began on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth as many saw - and still see - her as the first person to truly promote the nursing profession. This year the theme on May 12th, was A Voice to Lead: Nursing the World to Health, through focusing on the true value of nurses to the people of the world. It is hoped it demonstrated how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges and encourages everyone to celebrate by providing information and resources to raise the profile of the profession.

Once again, we celebrated with a Facebook LIVE. This time with the theme strong in our minds, we collaborated with a number of other universities to talk about the courses and differences across the UK. It was great to talk about individual journey's into the field but importantly, the variances between universities. We spoke about application process, course structure and the extra-curriculum activities opportunities available within the university and how accessible these were from a Nursing student perspective. Importantly, we discussed the pandemic changes and what’s happening now at each university. Despite the Nursing and Midwifery Council releasing national guidelines, it is clear that each university is adopting their own approach in the management within the current situation. This has caused confusion between students around the UK but also within trusts with multiple university links.
I also ended up receiving my incredible prize from MidSoc for my Student Award from IDM and my favourite was defintely the scissors. They're perfect!