With a new job waiting in the UK, Marianne, a nurse from the Philippines, is busy studying so she can start work as soon as possible. She just passed her CBT exam*, a big step in the right direction, and she was eager to share her experience and her advice with her fellow TTM Healthcare nurses. This is Marianne’s story, in her own words, of her journey this far.
My desire to help my father who has been ill ever since I was born ignited my passion in our nursing profession. I see myself growing with each challenge that was thrown at me, and I know I can make a difference by just committing myself to accomplish every task with my eye focused on the goal. I was fortunate enough, like you, to be given this opportunity to work for an institution that has that same passion as me. And I hope that one day, I will be able to care not just for my parents, but also be able to touch many lives with the care that I give.
The most important thing for me is to initially recognize the series of tests that we need to overcome in order to obtain our goal. In acknowledging this, we should be able to handle our time, effort, and patience, and to discipline ourselves in putting our topmost priority to those that can contribute to this.
I can also say that having your family and friends around would help you a lot in keeping yourself focused and grounded especially in getting through these tough times. My friends and review mates helped me during our group studies and would even cheer me up when times are hard. Always remember that no one is ever going to understand you, and what you are going through, except these people who are experiencing the same struggles as you do.
Be familiar with your exam and work your way through it by reading notes (read the code, the blueprints, and by brushing up on your basic nursing skills) and by constantly practicing these skills and knowledge needed for the tests. In my case, I have tried answering the practice exam in Pearson VUE once I was registered. In exposing yourself, you would know what strategy would best suit you and this would be of great advantage during your actual test.
In the CBT, you have 4 hours to answer 120 items. After the last item of the exam, you are given an option go back on those items which you are quite unsure (flagged items) so you can analyse and make sure that you have answered the question correctly. Make the most out of this time so you can be 100% sure of each and every answer you have provided before submitting.
Lastly, always pray and believe that we are here because we are meant to be where we are. All we need to do is to give our very best in order to achieve our dream.
The road to success really isn’t as smooth as you see it. You will struggle and face a lot of challenges, but at the same time, you will be growing as an individual. No matter how hard and impossible it may seem, you should have a relentless spirit and be determined to succeed. You CAN do it! :)
*The CBT (Computer Based Test) is the first of two part test of competence for nurses and midwives seeking registration in the UK. The test is administered by Pearson VUE and approved by the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council).
TTM Healthcare (TTM) is now accepting applications for the Academy@TTM 2017. Designed for ambitious individuals with no previous recruitment experience, the Academy@TTM is a full time, paid, permanent position based in TTM’s Headquarters in Ennis, Co Clare. Successful applicants to the Academy benefit from bespoke training and hands on experience with Ireland’s market leading healthcare recruitment company. About the Academy@TTM Academy recruits work across TTM’s dynamic desks, trying their hand at temporary and permanent recruitment, compliance, resourcing and account management to discover the position that best suits their talents. They attend masterclasses with TTM’s experienced consultants and have the chance to study with the company’s in-house Learning and Development Department. Former graduates of the Academy@TTM have gone on to become Recruitment Consultants with TTM’s Medical, Social Care and Nursing Divisions and to hold various roles across the company’s Shared Services Teams. “The best career choice you’ll ever make” Speaking about the Academy, TTM Healthcare CEO, Brian Crowley, said, “These new recruits get unrivalled access to the best and brightest minds in recruitment, and the benefit of our team’s experience. We want ambitious, energetic people who can hit the ground running and learn everything about the recruitment industry from the inside out. TTM is growing bigger and better every day, and for those with a will to succeed, I believe the Academy@TTM will be the best career choice they’ll ever make.” Don’t miss out! Deadline for applications is Monday 20th March Eight successful applicants will be selected to take part in the Academy@TTM. To apply for one of these sought after places please complete the official application form on www.ttmhealthcare.ie/academy by Monday 20th March. Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend an Academy Entrance Assessment Day in TTM’s Ennis Offices on Thursday 6th April 2017.
“This isn’t a Brexit scare story. If we don’t do something soon, the gap is going to get too big to fill.” Barry Pactor, Managing Director of TTM Healthcare speaking on Channel 4's Dispatches programme. In Brexit: Crisis on the Wards, Dispatches, Channel 4's award-winning current affairs programme, has turned its investigative sights on the NHS’ staffing struggles and on how leaving the EU could be about to make things infinitely worse. Startling statistics With 24,000 nursing vacancies across the UK, our health system has become increasingly reliant on European health workers in recent years. Dispatches revealed a 90% fall in European nurses registering to work in the UK after last June’s vote and, of the EU workers at 271 trusts surveyed by the programme, a worrying 42% are considering leaving in the next 5 years. A litany of challenges The dramatic statistics revealed by Dispatches may have shocked many but they confirmed the reality that TTM Healthcare’s international recruitment teams have been grappling with daily. Working in an increasingly challenging climate, we remain convinced that the impact of Brexit is proving this detrimental because, as set out in How the UK is losing the race for healthcare skills , it follows a litany of changes in regulation for overseas workers, impossibly high English language requirements and mounting global competition. Desperate for change In conversation with Dispatches' presenter Morland Sanders, Barry Pactor stressed the need for change. "Companies like TTM Healthcare, together with the NHS, with the help of government need to make it clear to overseas nurses that the UK is open for business. Because, at the moment, the noises we are making as a country are turning away staff that we desperately need." Missed it first time? You can watch Brexit: Crisis on the Wards on the Channel 4 Play Back facility here. The episode will be available to view until 5 April 2017.
Deloitte’s annual gala awards ceremony, in association with Barclay’s Bank, took place in Dublin on Friday, 3rd March at Dublin’s Convention Centre. TTM Group was thrilled to be among this year's Gold Standard Best Managed Companies! First selected as a Deloitte ‘Best Managed Company’ in 2012, we have successfully retained this prestigious accolade since then. 2016 saw us rise to ‘Gold Standard’ status - an award we were delighted to receive again this year. One of the most coveted distinctions across the business world, Deloitte’s ‘Gold Standard’ award spotlights an elite group of companies considered to operate at the frontier of business performance and innovation. Striving for excellence in each of the core areas scrutinised as part of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme – Strategy, Capability, Commitment, Management Performance, and Financial Performance – TTM Group is proud to be considered among this group of business leaders. Reflecting on this year’s achievement, Brian Crowley – CEO of TTM Group – commented: “At the heart of TTM’s business strategy are our clients, candidates, patients and employees. Their success is the cornerstone of our success. With two market-leading business arms, we have established ourselves as a thought-leader, representing the health and social care sectors at the highest levels of government, both in the UK and Ireland. Of this, we are very proud. As we forge ahead in 2017, Deloitte’s continued endorsement of our business strategy lends significant weight to everything we aim to achieve.” Every award and accreditation we earn is testament to the fact that we strive to ensure the best industry conditions for our candidates. Offering them the most seamless recruitment process possible is something we pride ourselves on at TTM. For further information on how to leverage TTM’s award-winning services, please contact us on 020 7100 3232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.