Monday, 31 January 2011


It's been a very rough weekend at work, and I've never felt so stressed at work in a long time. 

It started on Friday, when a colleague and our ward Sister had a full blown, 7 hour long, argument in the middle of the ward.  In front of patients, doctors, physios, and students.  So unprofessional.  And it continued to bubble all day, until the night shift came in.

Then yesterday, I had to deal with two very serious complaints from patients against two different members of staff.   (Obviously I can't go into the details here, so sorry if this seems quite vague). 

I am not a senior member of staff, but as I was the oldest on duty, and had the most experience (a year more than my colleague) I was left to deal with it.  I had to involve the clinical coordinator for the hospital and had to phone my ward Sister at home, on a Sunday.  I can't help but feel bad, because these allegations are very serious, and may involve my colleagues being suspended, but my duty is to the patients.  What happened shouldn't have happened and could have had serious outcomes, and of course could have been avoided.  And it's not just one separate incident, it has been a series of issues that seems to have come to a head.

But yet I can't help feel that my colleagues are going to blame me, as it's my name that goes on the incident form. 

My poor husband has had to listen to me going over and over all the things I've written and done, so that I can vent and make sure everything I've done has been correct.  I don't want to be the one who has to give evidence in court!!

It has turned three 12 hour shifts into 3 14 hour ones, as I've had to stay late and not got home til well past 9.30pm each night, and I'm exhausted.  This morning I slept til well past 11am.  And it's still playing on my mind today.  I'm trying to de-stress; I've started knitting a jumper.  It's quite scary how quickly you can knit when you're taking your stress out on it!

At the end of the day, I've done everything I can.  I've passed it on to the management, I've completed all the appropriate documentation, and it's out of my hands now.

Here's hoping this week is a better one!!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Be Careful What You "Like".

(WARNING: this may turn into a bit of a rant, and probably has no point, but I need to get it off my chest. So, sorry.)

I used to like Facebook.  It's a great place to keep in touch with friends' announcements, family who have moved away, and to catch up with old school and college friends who you've not seen in years. 

But recently there's been a downside. 

Many of my colleagues are friends of mine on Facebook.  We banter back and forth, chat about what we did on our days off, and make small talk.  But we are not allowed to discuss work.  Fair enough, for as nurses we have a code of conduct to abide by.  We are charged to "uphold the reputation of your profession at all times", including when we are off duty.  Recently a few nurses in the hospital had put statuses on their Facebook pages complaining about certain situations and issues going on within the hospital.  They were, quite rightly, heavily disciplined.  

I am really glad to say that none of this involved me.

However, last night, when I went into work, one of my colleagues was very frosty towards me, and didn't really speak to me unless she absolutely had to.   Not one for confrontation, I didn't ask her what was wrong, but later she was talking about a colleague putting hurtful things about her on Facebook.  Specifically at the time she was off sick with swine flu.  Genuinely shocked, I asked her who would do that, as most of the people we work with are very nice people.  I was met with a very snippy answer, "Colleague 2, but you already know, you "liked" it".

I was shocked.  I would NEVER intentionally set out to hurt one of my colleagues, especially not this particular colleague because she is really lovely.  And especially because I didn't have a clue what she was talking about.  So I looked back at the Facebook statuses, and found the one she was talking about.

It said this: This was on the 5th of January.  I asked if this was the one she meant, and she said yes, and that it was a dig at her, because she was off sick at that time. 
"All these people saying don't wanna go back to work some of us have hardly been off!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I was utterly bemused. Twelve other people "liked" this comment.  A few had commmented.  I took it to mean that Colleague 2 was talking about the people who had been off for the Christmas and New Year holidays going back to work, as between the nurses, each of us had worked either Christmas or New Year (I did New Year), not having had time off.  I tried explaining this, but she seemed adamant that it was definitely meant towards her.

This is what I hate about social networking sites.  People can mis-interpret what you say, and it's hard to express emotion, intent and scarasm etc.  Colleague 1 is not originally from Scotland, and does tend to interpret things differently, as she sometimes doesn't understand our expressions.

The message on Facebook was clearly not intended to offend, but it did, and I was indirectly and unintentionally involved.  This got me thinking about the things I post, both on Twitter and Facebook.  Am I getting the right message across?  Will people take what I say the wrong way? Am I offending anyone?   Will it get me into trouble?
Colleague 1 has since deleted me, and a couple other colleagues from Facebook. 
At the moment, I am careful of what I "like" and what I say on Facebook.  As my dad always says: "It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and resolve all doubt." ~Abraham Lincoln

Monday, 24 January 2011

The Gallery 43: Children

This weeks theme of Tara Cain's Gallery is Children.  Tough one for me, as I don't have any children of my own (yet anyway, hopefully soon), and most of my cousins are grown up now.

But what happens when you leave two of your cousins, and two of your cousins children alone with your camera?

This apparently:

 Then you have the big kids, who like to pretend they're still young:

And then there's me, when I was very small:

Why not check out the rest of the entries over at the Sticky Fingers blog?

Sunday, 23 January 2011

iPad cover trial

After working on knitting little iPhone covers (or Cozy Coverz as my friend suggested I should call them), I was asked to try an iPad cover.

I had a dilemma: I am not a designer, and I do not own an iPad.  So I had to figure out how to get the right size cover for an iPad.  There are not very many iPad patterns out there, and the ones that are are just a bit too elaborate for my current knitting skills.  To get the right size for an iPad, I Googled (thank God for Google!) to get the right dimensions, and found a Christmas Card which was almost the right size! Perfect!

I knew I wanted a bigger version of the iPhone cover that I could already do.  So I knew I had to cast on more stitches.  I started off with little test swatches, and had a bit of a Goldilocks moment, where it was too big, then too small.  Then it was just right.  Cast on 80 stitches with my 3+3/4 needles and continued in my ribbing pattern, until it was the right size.

And here's the result:

I can already see three small mistakes, and it's definitely not perfect.  But it's a start.

I will pass this one over to SusanKMann to test drive for size (she's a lucky iPad owner!) and I'll await her verdict! If it fits, I'll definitely knit some more, without the mistakes this time!!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Mother Nature: Waterfalls (The Gallery)

I'm a little bit late in submitting my entry for The Gallery (please forgive me!).

The Theme this week is Mother Nature.  I love scenic photographs, and as you can see in previous posts of mine, I love trees! 

However, these photos were taken at New Lanark, a small heritage site about 45 minutes outside of Glasgow.  It was a small mill village, owned and developed by a businessman called Robert Owen, who ran the mills.  It's such a quaint little place, almost every bank holiday my sister and I would go there, and my friend recently got married in the New Lanark Mill Hotel. 

A short walk from village takes you to the Falls of Clyde.  And the view there is absolutely breathtaking.  It's a great walk; you can walk all the way along the trail beside the River Clyde

The Falls are made up of four Linns.  The pictures below are of the Corra Linn, taken in the autumn time.  The flow was quite minimal, and the trees quite bare.  When the river is in full flow, the water level quite high,and the trees in full bloom, the view is spectacular, and the speed of the waterfalls is quite scary.

This area is protected by the national nature conservation trust, and I'm pretty sure there are Peregrine Falcons that have nested here, along with some bats! 

Why not check out the other Nature posts, over at Tara Cain's Blog.

Monday, 17 January 2011

De-stash Project Update

About a week ago I decided to try and de-stash my big box of yarn, and needed a project to work on.  I thought, why not make iPhone covers?

So far, I have made ten. TEN! They're fabulously quick to make, and are super cute. A few friends have asked for some, I've also been asked to make an iPad sleeve too.

Then a friend suggested making them to sell.  I have always just knit for the pleasure of knitting, and creating something out of practically nothing.  But I thought about it, and thought about it some more. And a little bit more.  I came to the conclusion of, well, Why Not?  There's no point in making these things just to keep to myself.  So I have opened my own little shop on Folksy.  So far it's only the iPhone covers on there, but I intend on branching out.

I have added a button on my blog, which links to the Folksy shop.  Hopefully I'll be able to add a few more items as time goes on.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Gallery: Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!

This weeks theme for The Gallery over at Tara Cain's blog Sticky Fingers, is BODY PARTS!

Being a nurse, I deal with numerous body parts every single day.  Some disgusting body parts, amazing wounds, and even missing body parts! But sadly, I'm not allowed to take pictures of those, or I would be sacked!

So instead I've gone for my old favourite childrens song:




(not my knees, I wish I had legs like that!)


 Why not check out the other entries over at Tara Cain's blog?

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

De-stash projects

I don't have any big knitting projects that I'm working on at the moment. And since hubby has forbidden me to buy any more wool before I've used up what I already have (which is a fair bit, I must admit), I need little quick projects to use up my yarn.

So to de-stash my stash, I'm making little iPhone covers.  I've already made one for hubby: 


(rubbish photo, taken on phone)

I'm planning to make plenty to give to my church so they can use them to raise money for their Building Fund.  Every little helps, right?

Will post updates on my progress later this week. 

Does anyone have any other quick project suggestions?


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