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).
National title crowns transformational year for Ennis-based global recruiter The best and brightest Irish recruitment companies gathered in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on Friday night for the annual National Recruitment Federation (NRF) Awards. TTM Healthcare (TTM) was named as Ireland’s Healthcare Recruitment Agency of the Year at the glittering ceremony, marking the third time the Co Clare company has taken the prestigious national title in the last four years. Ireland’s premier specialist healthcare recruiter Placing more nurses in permanent roles across Ireland each month than any other recruitment company, TTM Healthcare is also the largest recruiter of disability nurses nationwide, the primary supplier of social care staff to Ireland’s not-for-profit sector, an exclusive supplier of Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Assistants to the HSE and a preferred supplier to all major private hospitals. TTM is the principal recruitment partner of the HSC, Northern Ireland’s public health service and an awarded Framework supplier to the NHS. The TTM Healthcare story Founded by Brian Crowley in Ennis in 2002, TTM now has offices in Ennis, Dublin, Cork and the UK. TTM Healthcare Group’s two primary business arms, TTM Healthcare recruitment and Resilience Care complex care services, deliver end to end support to the public and private health systems of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Middle East. The TTM Team TTM CEO, Brian Crowley credits the team with the group’s enormous recent success, “TTM is run by an amazing group of people who are working hard to guarantee the care, quality and safety of our services. Awards like this are a wonderful recognition of what we have achieved, and what we can offer, but, at the end of the day, our duty of care to our patients, service users, employees and clients is our number one priority and always will be.” National and international success The NRF Awards come towards the close of what has been a transformational year for the TTM Group. Just four years after the company opened its first London office, the Recruiter Awards named TTM as the UK Public Sector Agency of the Year and Professional Services Agency of the Year 2016– the highest accolade in UK recruitment. TTM was also named in the Irish Times ‘Top 1,000’ Companies for the first time this year, the only privately owned Irish recruitment agency to make the list. Local employment Perhaps most significantly, 2016 began with the announcement of a multimillion euro investment by Irish private equity firm Broadlake which will help TTM to create 500 local jobs over the next five years. This follows on from a previous announcement of 100 new jobs in 2014 with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny; all part of the company’s commitment to supporting the Irish economy. Discover the possibilities To find out what TTM Healthcare’s award winning services could do for you, your healthcare career or your recruitment strategy, please get in touch. You can call us on 065 686 9300, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at ttmhealthcare.ie
From humble beginnings A “Start Your Own Business” course and some funding from the former Clare County Enterprise Board were the bricks that laid the foundations of TTM Healthcare, a company that now employs 1,500 healthcare professionals and has an expected turnover of €70 million for 2016. This was the tale of expansion and growth recounted by Barry Pactor, Group Managing Director, when he attended the launch of the FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards on Friday last, 17th June. Clare roots Established in 2002 by company CEO Brian Crowley, a very proud Clare native, TTM Healthcare (TTM) now operates across Ireland, the UK and Middle East. The company’s international headquarters are still based in Ennis, as are many of its 130 strong team of recruitment and support staff. Local collaboration and support Recognising the support that TTM received in its early days, Mr Pactor went on to say that the company would welcome the opportunity to share its experience and collaborate with other businesses in the region in looking at new opportunities. FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards 2016 Paying tribute to the previous entrants, finalists and winners, Pat Breen, T.D. Minister for Employment and Small Business, officially launched the FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards 2016 at the event which was held in the Temple Gate Hotel. TTM Healthcare is a former winner at the awards, having taken the title in the ‘Best Place to Work’ and ‘Best Professional Services’ categories in 2013 and 2014. The prize for this year’s overall winner is worth an impressive €10,000 including a web design and development package and a whole suite of business services. More details on the awards, including how to enter, can be found online here. Join TTM in Ennis To find out more about career opportunities with TTM please visit us online here, you can also contact our Ennis Office by calling 065 686 9300 or emailing email@example.com
Even more great news has come in this week for TTM Healthcare! We have been named as one of Ireland’s Top 1,000 Companies, in the newly released Irish Times Top 1,000 report. What’s more, TTM Healthcare is the only privately owned recruitment agency to have made the Top 1,000. Shoulder to Shoulder with Ireland’s Biggest The report, which is based on statutory filings by each company and collated by the journalists at the Irish Times, is seen as the definitive database of Ireland’s top companies since it was first released in 2002, and shows the total profits for the companies listed as €36 billion – up a whopping €14 billion from 2015! Innovate, Create, Invest Our delighted CEO Brian Crowley noted that “The inclusion of so many indigenous companies in this year’s report makes for positive reading, and shows how far we have come as a country after some extremely trying years. Our dedication to investment in our people, our innovative services and our localities is the key to our success. Our partnership with Irish investment firm Broadlake will see us create 500 jobs across Ireland in the next 5 years, helping promote growth in local economies and increase our service offering nationwide.” You can read the full Irish Times Top 1,000 Report here. Discover the Possibilities with one of Ireland’s Top Companies Want to find out what one of Ireland’s top companies can do for you, your healthcare career or your recruitment strategy? Get in touch! You can call us on 1890 882 066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.