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Julie Rogers joins Bluestones Medical as a Clinical Lead!

Bluestones Medical is delighted to introduce Julie Rogers as our new Clinical Lead!

Julie has been representing Bluestones Medical as one of our community nurses for a while now and has built a fantastic relationship with the team.

We saw hiring Julie to be one of our wonderful Clinical Leads as an incredible opportunity not only for the business but for all our Medical Marvels too, as we will all now have access to her amazing skills and expertise.

We asked Julie a few questions so we could get to know her more & here is what she had to say…

Three words to describe yourself?
Tenacious, honest, and compassionate.

What’s your favourite film?
Before sunrise.

Who do you admire most and why?
Barack Obama. He is warm, he cares, an amazing orator and leader, and wants to guide people to a better world. He overcame cultural discrimination in the world of American politics to make history.

Name three people you’d invite to a dinner party (alive or dead)
Barack Obama, Nelson Mandala, and Mother Teresa.

What do you do best?
Live my own truth.

What’s your pet peeve?
Bad manners.

What’s your favourite drink?
A glass of Champagne.

​​​​​​​In your own words, tell us a bit about yourself .
I am a registered nurse with dual clinical experience both in various hospital settings and in the community district nursing teams. My mother was a nurse and my sister is also a Bluestones Medical Nurse.

Compassionate care runs in the family and I can honestly say, that without a doubt, nursing is the most privileged profession in the world.

Recently, I have been appointed clinical lead for Bluestones Medical and work within the office and at home conducting interviews and clinical support. Prior to this, I held various roles with a major high street building society, culminating in the role of district manager, responsible for borrowing and investment targets and staff management of 3 branches.

I was made redundant following the merger and acquisition of various lenders resulting in the building society becoming a major bank. At this point and following another major change in my life, I decided it was ‘now or never’ and decided to pursue my dream of becoming a Nurse.

I began my training in 2010 and in 2013 I qualified with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing. For the last 7 years, I have worked full time plus as an agency nurse and feel this has developed my clinical skills, allowing me the opportunity to work in clinical settings, I would not have otherwise been exposed to.

With this amount of experience, it was extremely important to me that I was represented by an agency who had my best interests at heart, who look after and genuinely care about their nurses and are constantly looking to improve and have an open and caring approach with the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.

In taking a current practicing nurse in-house, which is unique amongst agencies, I am able to represent my colleagues and their needs, which prove invaluable for the outstanding service Bluestones Medical offers.

Outside of my working life, I have two daughters aged 23 and 17 whom I am extremely proud of. I also have a Cockapoo puppy named Lola, with the longest eyelashes in the world!!!

She is now 17 weeks old and has brought so much joy to our family. In addition, I also founded and own a business called Essence of Soul which is a real passion for me. It encompasses my life coaching and mentoring services underpinned with holistic modalities and corporate well-being service, all of which is particularly relevant in the last couple of years as the world has edged slowly through a global pandemic, leaving a lot of people lost and searching for meaning.

In what little spare time I have, I enjoy playing golf, theatre and love horse-racing, cricket, rugby, and football.

What does it mean to be a Bluestones Medical Marvel?

Being an agency nurse means you’ll rarely be working in one place for a significant period of time. As a result, you’ll regularly be working with new people, you’ll often be the ‘newbie’ and you may sometimes find it difficult to know where you belong.

We strongly believe that the benefits of being an agency nurse far outweigh the negatives, but we’re not oblivious to the fact that it doesn’t come without its challenges. We know, from speaking to our nurses every day, that it can be difficult to find your sense of belonging.

Here at Bluestones Medical, we believe that we have built something different. Something unique that we’re proud of. This is, that everyone involved with Bluestones Medical, from our incredible nurses to our consultants, right through to our cleaner, Brenda, is part of something special. Something that goes beyond a job role. Something that gives them a purpose and the knowledge that, without them, Bluestones Medical wouldn’t be the same.

Everyone who is part of Bluestones Medical is important, recognised, and very much needed. We feel privileged to be in a position that allows us to support the NHS to care for those who are most in need. To help families hold on to loved ones and to ensure that those at the end of their life don’t feel alone. This is our purpose. This is what gives us a sense of belonging.

You can read what two of our brilliant nurses had to say when we asked them to tell us about their experience of being a Bluestones Medical Marvel by clicking THIS LINK.

When you become a Bluestones Medical Marvel, no matter if you’re a Community Psychiatric Nurse, A&E Nurse, or a Scrub Nurse, you become part of our purpose. You also become our priority, meaning we will work tirelessly to find you not only the job role but the pay and the work-life balance that you’ve always wanted.

We want all our Medical Marvels to wake up and feel proud to put on their Bluestones uniform. We also want to hear about your day, whether it was good or bad, we want you to know you can call us anytime and we’ll be there. We want to build strong relationships with you, that goes beyond us just being your employer. We LOVE getting to know you, your hobbies, and your interests, it makes our job so much more enjoyable. But most of all, when you’re wearing your Bluestones Medical uniform, we want you to know that this is where you belong. You belong at Bluestones Medical and are a vital part of the team. When you work with us, we never want you to feel alone and if you do, just know we are only ever a phone call away.

So yes, it may sometimes be difficult to know where you belong when you’re moving from trust to trust and role to role, but when you feel like this, just remember that you are part of the Bluestones Medical community, and this is exactly where you belong.

You call or text your consultant at any time and they will be happy to chat with you. We’re always here and we’ll always have your back.

Phone: 01244 555 020
Email: medical@bluestonesmedical.co.uk 

Why being an agency nurse can equal a better work-life balance

It has been proven that human beings are more likely to feel happy and fulfilled when their job is aligned with their values and priorities.

As a healthcare professional, your values and priorities will probably include things such as spending more time with patients, ensuring you always provide them with the best possible care, and having the opportunity to progress.

However, you will also have personal values and priorities. These could include spending more time with friends and family, giving back to the community, and doing the things you have always wanted to do. 

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Working in healthcare can make it particularly difficult to juggle all your values and priorities. Your shift pattern and the demanding situations you face daily can be a tremendous blocker. This can result in feeling burnt out, disappointed and unsatisfied.  

At Bluestones Medical, we want all our Medical Marvels to enjoy their job. We want them to have a work-life balance that suits them and be able to fulfill their values and priorities. We allow all our Marvels to find a schedule to suit them and their circumstances whilst earning the pay rates they deserve. This is the beauty of being an agency nurse.

Here are some of the things you can expect as a Bluestones Medical Marvel…

  • The opportunity to generate experience within a new specialism
  • The opportunity to explore what it’s like to work in different trusts
  • A structured progression plan to help you achieve your goals and be the best you can be
  • The ability to choose your own work schedule that fits with your personal values & priorities
  • The opportunity to earn fantastic pay rates, even when working part-time
  • The support from someone who genuinely cares about your needs on both a personal and professional level

After the unprecedented time that all healthcare professionals have had to face in the last 18 months, we’re proud to help our nurses and healthcare workers enjoy their jobs again and remember why they started their career journey. We can do the same for you too.

By becoming a Bluestones Medical Marvel, you will take back control of your work-life balance without impacting your income.

So, if you work in general nursing, theatres, mental health, complex care, or community nursing, let us support you to enjoy your job again whilst enjoying a work-life balance that leaves you feeling fulfilled.

You can register your interest in becoming a Bluestones Medical Marvel HERE.

Please also feel free to give us a call on 01244 555 020 or email us at medical@bluestonesmedical.co.uk

Why not look at all our current opportunities by clicking HERE.

Promotions galore for Bluestones Medical HCAs

It has been a hugely successful week for 4 of the Bluestones Medical HCAs. Gillian, David, Christelle & Sian have all been promoted to Senior HCAs. Their promotion is a result of their reliability and their loyalty to Bluestones Medical. Their hard work and dedication is second to none and they have consistently received fantastic feedback in regards to their care and compassion from our clients.

We would like to say a HUGE congratulations and also a BIG thank you to Gillian, David, Christelle, and Sian. We feel privileged to have them represent Bluestones Medical and look forward to watching them progress further!

Top tips for Nurses working in hot weather

Temperatures are set to soar over the next few days, and this is something that most people will welcome with open arms. However, as lovely as this might be, it can pose a real threat for both patients and healthcare professionals. With the risk of dehydration and heatstroke, we thought it might be helpful to put together some top tips for healthcare professionals working in the hot weather.

We asked some of the fantastic nurses that work with Bluestones Medical for their top tips for working in hot weather and here is what they had to say…

Stay out of the sun

The temperature tends to be the highest between 11-4, meaning that you are most likely to get heat stroke at this time of the day. Our nurses have advised to stay indoors if you can during this time (preferably in front of a fan!). They also said to drink plenty of water before and after your shifts.

Say no to coffee (as difficult as this may be)

Coffee is known for having a diuretic effect. This can result in extra water loss and then dehydration which can be even more dangerous in the hot weather. On hot days, try to stick to drinking water or squash. You could even try an energy drink if you need a little energy boost.

Cool yourself down

A couple of our nurses mentioned that running your wrists under cold water for 30 seconds each is a great quick fix for when you are feeling a little too warm. As a nurse, you will be washing your hands a lot during a shift. Try this trick at the same time and it should lower the temperature of the blood in your wrists and arms. As a result, this will then recirculate into the rest of your body and help you to cool down.

Plan ahead

Be sure to bring plenty of your favourite soft drinks with you to your shifts and pop them in the fridge. If you make these readily available to you, you are much more likely to stop and enjoy them. You could even keep a big jug of water in the fridge for your colleagues to enjoy too! You are fantastic at caring for others but be sure to care for yourself too!

TAKE YOUR BREAKS

Finally, be sure you are taking your breaks. Being a nurse is exhausting at the best of times, but even more so in the hot weather! Try your best to find somewhere cool and ventilated and sit down with one of those drinks you cleverly remembered to put into the fridge.

Thank you…

Whilst everyone is out enjoying the sunshine, we will not forget about you working in the heat to care for others. We hope that these top tips help make your shift a little easier and please remember to look after yourself too!

Please keep up to date with everything we get up to at Bluestones Medical by liking/following us on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages.

You can view all our jobs HERE and if you would like to join us, please give us a call on 01244 555 020. We would love to hear from you.

Bluestones Medical supports local Hospice

We are delighted to finally be able to announce that we have partnered up with The Hospice of the Good Sheperd and will be raising funds for them over the next year.

As a business, we wanted to do more to support a local charity. Therefore, we asked the entire team to vote for a charity that they would like to support over the next year and The Hospice of the Good Sheperd received the most votes!

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About The Hospice of the Good Shepard

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd is a respected provider of palliative care for residents of Chester, Ellesmere Port, Deeside, part of South Wirral, and Western Cheshire.

Early in 1983 two nurses attended a meeting of the Chester Lions and spoke about their work in caring for patients suffering from cancer. When asked where they were based the nurses explained that they had no base but talked about the idea of a local Hospice.

Under the leadership of Noel Rouse, acting Secretary of the Chester Lions, they approached local business leaders and healthcare & community leaders to see if there was sufficient interest in the idea of setting up a local Hospice in Chester. Following a considerable groundswell of support, a community meeting was held on 28th September 1983 in Chester Town Hall where it was agreed to set up a working group and committee. At a subsequent meeting on 15th November 1983, Vivienne Smith was appointed as Chair of the inaugural Hospice Committee.

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd opened on 6th February 1989 and the first patient is welcomed by Matron Mrs. Ann Teaney and staff. The Hospice was officially opened by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, escorted by the Duchess of Westminster, our Patron, and watched by many supporters, staff, and volunteers.

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A pillar of the community

Today, their specialist team of medical and nursing staff deliver end-of-life care to their patients and support their families, carers, and friends. The services offered by the Hospice are varied across several disciplines and reflect the diverse nature of their care and support. For example, during the past year, the Hospice has provided almost 300 In-patient stays and had over 1,000 Day Therapy attendances. There were also over 800 medical consultations in Hospice Out-Patients. The Hospice offers social, psychological, and spiritual support from their social workers and spiritual care team. Together with the support offered by their bereavement team, almost 1,000 families benefited from these services.

Our mission

Did you know it costs £11,000 PER DAY to run the Hospice? Did you also know that only around one-quarter of the running costs come from the government? But importantly, services for individuals are always provided entirely free of charge. Therefore, The Hospice of the Good Shepherd must generate about 75% of its running costs through donations and other fundraising.

As a team, we have committed to raising £11,000 for the Hospice over the next year to pay to run the Hospice for a day.

We are extremely committed to working together as a team to raise as much as we can for the Hospice. We will ensure that we let everyone know of any initiatives that we run, and we would be extremely grateful for any money you can donate to this incredible cause.

When it hit home

Last week, we were lucky enough to have been paid a visit by Justin Caroe and Nicola Suggitt who are part of the fundraising team at the Hospice. They spoke about some of the fantastic work that the hospice does, from the formidable patient care they provide to the support they offer to bereaved family and friends. The stories they told really hit home and made the team even more determined to do whatever we can to raise as much money as possible for them.

We would love your support!

Please do keep your eye out on our social platforms to keep up to date with our fundraising initiatives. We know times have been tough for so many people, but just £1 can help us on our way to hitting our £11,000 target.

You can donate to our JustGiving page HERE.

If you aren’t already, please follow our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn pages.

Introducing our new Community Nursing consultant, Andrew Carroll

We are delighted to introduce you to our new Community Nursing consultant, Andrew Carroll!

Andrew began his career at Bluestones Medical just over 6 months ago, when he was approached by our Managing Director, Darren Logue. Darren asked him if he would be interested in immersing himself in the recruitment industry. Fast forward to today, and Andy now heads up the community specialism for the business!

When asked what the best thing about his new role is, Andy replied “being able to look after our fantastic Community Nurses”.

Andy has said that his ability to have a personal approach to the community division, by having fun, light-hearted conversations with all his nurses is what makes him stand out. Andy is also extremely passionate about Community Nursing, as his Mum has been working on the community for over 30 years and is still going strong to this day as an Emergency Response Nurse. Her drive and motivation inspire him to do the best he can whilst working at Bluestones Medical.

To introduce himself, Andy has created a video so that you can all get to know him a little better and to allow you to put a face to the person you speak to every week. Click the video to see what he had to say…

Get in touch with Andy…

If you would like to discuss all the opportunities we have for you here at Bluestones Medical further, give Andy a call on 01244 555 020. Andy has prioritised catching up with his nurses regularly and promises to keep them all up to date with all our full and part-time vacancies.

With Andy’s drive, passion, and commitment, we know he will be able to offer our community nurses the best possible service. His hard work and dedication have already resulted in him achieving great things, and we are very excited to see how far he will go.

You can view all our community nursing opportunities HERE. If you would like to keep up to date with the latest industry news and everything we get up to here at Bluestones Medical, follow our Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram pages.

Bluestones Medical Celebrates International Nurses Day

Celebrating International Nurses Day

Wednesday 12th May 2021 marks International Nurses Day.

This day allows us to celebrate nurses and healthcare workers all over the world. This past year more than ever before, healthcare staff working on the frontline during the pandemic have shattered the stereotypes of nursing and demonstrated to the world the fundamental role they play in patients’ safety.

International Nurses Day is an extremely important date in the Bluestones Medical calendar. It allows us to say thanks and show our appreciation to the healthcare staff that we work with every day. We have spoken many times before about the importance of frontline workers which you can read here.

How we’re celebrating

To celebrate, we thought we would host a competition on our official Facebook and Instagram pages, giving nurses and healthcare workers the opportunity to win X2 £250 vouchers! We also videoed some of the team talking about why they are grateful for nurses and healthcare workers, and why they love working with them so much.

The world would be lost without nurses!

Since the Crimean war in 1853, nurses like Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole have been at the forefront of caring for patients in difficult and trying situations. These nursing pioneers helped showcase to the world how critically important nurses and healthcare workers are and today’s nurses are doing the same thing. In the last year, not only have nurses and healthcare workers been responsible for saving countless amounts of lives, but they have also had to take on the role of caring for people in situations where family and friends cannot be close because of the virus and risk of infection.

Bluestones Medical would like to say thanks

The selflessness, courage, compassion, and dedication of the Bluestones Medical candidates is something that amazes us each day. How amazing is it for us that the work we do to support the careers and wellbeing of our candidates helps them to provide the best possible care for their patients. What an amazing incentive to ensure that we are constantly giving our all, working hard and feeling passionate about what we do.

So today, on International Nurses Day, we would like to say thank you to every nurse and healthcare worker who works tirelessly to improve the lives of others. The Bluestone Medical team will be using today to reflect on what you do and how grateful we are for your dedication and kindness.

We also encourage all nurses and healthcare workers to use today to reflect. Reflect on what they have been through this past year, the lessons they have learnt, the lives they have enriched and the fact that without them, the world would not have been able to make it through this last year. If they did not realise how important they were to society before, they certainly should now. You can read our blog on the importance of reflection for nurses here.

Happy International Nurses Day! We hope your day is a special one and you get recognised and spoilt just like you deserve to.

  • The promoter is Bluestones Medical whose registered office is Bluestones Medical, Holden House, Chester Business Park, Chester CH4 9QU
  • Promotion is open to anyone aged 18 or over, excluding employees of Bluestones Medical
  • Promotion runs from 08:00 Local Time 12th May 2021 to 17:00 Local Time 17th May 2021
  • Entries to be made through official Bluestones Medical Facebook or Instagram pages by liking and commenting on selected posts
  • A winner will be chosen at random
  • The winner will be contacted within 48 hours of the competition closing
  • The winner must be able to provide us with the healthcare worker they tagged to win the competition details (full name, address, phone number and email address)
  • If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 2 working days, Bluestones Medical reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner
  • Prizes to be awarded are as follows:
  • X2 £250 shopping vouchers
  • Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative
  • Bluestones Medical reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time
  • Bluestones Medical reserves the right to change, amend or cancel the promotion at any time and will be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage
  • By entering the competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions
  • The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England

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