Author Archives: Luke Bizios

Wishing You all a Happy and Healthy Christmas

It’s the perfect time to extend our very best Christmas wishes to all our friends, colleagues and supporters of the English for Nurses network.  We are so grateful for your continuing support. We hope it’s a very happy and healthy Christmas and can’t wait to see you all in 2022!

As we come towards the end of a very challenging year we would like to send a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to nurses, midwives, doctors, paramedics and carers, who all play such an important role in looking after us and maintaining society’s health. 

We healthcare professionals need support from society to reduce our stress and anxiety so we can continue to do a great job. Please follow your country’s guidelines to minimise hospital admissions as much as possible.

This year, we have chosen a slightly different festive message and have adopted the one used by the children of Italy during the Coronavirus lockdown: ‘Andrá Tutto Bene’, which translates to ‘Everything Will Be Alright’. This message of hope is as important as ever!

Best wishes, The English for Nurses Team

EfN Podcast Episode 11: The End of a Most Challenging Year

Sabine Torgler continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today. Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the eleventh episode, the last of the year, Sabine gives an overview of the current situation as the UK battles the Omicron variant. 2021 has been a hugely difficult year, but what can we expect in 2022? Topics of discussion include compulsory vaccination, the booster programme, and the exhaustion and pressure felt by healthcare professionals on the frontline. Sabine hopes we all have a happy Christmas, but above all that it’s a safe and healthy one too. 

Episode 11: The End of a Most Challenging Year

Listen:

Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 27/1/2022, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team

Nurse’s View: Are We on the Road to Nowhere?

Sabine’s new article for her regular column on Healthmanagement.org is now available to view.

In this month’s article, Sabine talks about the impact of the new Omicron variant on her emotions, her mindset and her working life as a nurse.  With so many unanswered questions surrounding this latest mutation, Sabine wonders where we are heading as a society. How do we exit this ‘Road to Nowhere’? 

In times like these, it can be a challenge for even the most optimistic person to remain upbeat. We are all craving a return to some kind of normality, especially those who are on the frontline. Is it time to consider compulsory vaccination for all? 

Please do take a look!

https://healthmanagement.org/c/hospital/post/are-we-on-the-road-to-nowhere

A Big ‘Thank You’ to all Healthcare Professionals!

As we come towards the end of a very challenging year we would like to send a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to nurses, midwives, doctors, paramedics and carers, who all play such an important role in looking after us and maintaining society’s health. 

We healthcare professionals need support from society to reduce our stress and anxiety so we can continue to do a great job. Please follow your country’s guidelines to minimise hospital admissions as much as possible.

This year, we have chosen a slightly different festive message and have adopted the one used by the children of Italy during the Coronavirus lockdown: ‘Andrá Tutto Bene’, which translates to ‘Everything Will Be Alright’. 

This message of hope is as important as ever!

Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 20/12/2021, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team

Sabine Torgler Featured on Queen’s Nursing Institute Website

English for Nurses director, Sabine Torgler, is incredibly proud to have been featured on the Queen’s Nursing Institute website. The QNI is the biggest charity for nurses in the world. In her article, ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’, Sabine reflects on her career as an overseas nurse, from the challenges of the early days on UK wards, through various specialist nursing roles within the NHS, to eventually founding an international nurses’ network. Sabine has great respect for the NHS and believes that her decision to move to the UK in 2003 opened up a whole world of opportunities for her. A fascinating journey!

https://www.qni.org.uk/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go/

EfN Podcast Episode 10: The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Sabine Torgler continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today. Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the 10th episode, Sabine discusses an important development in the UK’s approach to the pandemic: the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for care workers and other community healthcare workers in England. Other topics of conversation include wearing masks in public, supporting the RCN, and the joy of working with student nurses. Look out for next month’s podcast – a review of 2021!

Episode 10: The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Listen:

Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 25/11/2021, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team

EfN Podcast Episode 9: COVID-19: Looking Forward and Looking Back

Sabine Torgler continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today. Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the ninth episode, we catch up with Sabine after she returns from her annual leave and a much needed rest. Before heading out for her first shift back on the wards in Bristol, Sabine talks about what’s on the horizon for her as a nurse and as director of English for Nurses. As we enter the last quarter of the year, it’s a good time to take stock of the pandemic in the UK. We must remain focused on the challenges that lie ahead, but it’s also important to note how far we have come in the last twelve months. Let’s acknowledge what amazing progress we have made!

Episode 9: COVID-19: Looking Forward and Looking Back

Listen:

Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 21/10/2021, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team

Nurse’s View: Andra Tutto Bene = Everything will be all right!

Sabine’s new article for her regular column on Healthmanagement.org is now available to view.

In her new article called “Andra Tutto Bene = Everything will be all right!” Sabine talks about a heart-warming message of hope from the children of Italy. Sabine believes that hope is a key component in her work, and it allows her to continue to perform professionally as a nurse. We must maintain our solidarity and optimism for the future in facing the challenge of COVID-19. Afterall, even though there will be many challenges ahead, we have already come such a long way!  

Please do take a look at the article:

https://healthmanagement.org/c/hospital/post/andra-tutto-bene-everything-will-be-all-right

EfN Podcast Episode 8: The Beautiful and Varied World of Nursing

Sabine Torgler, director of English for Nurses, continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today. Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the eighth episode, Sabine talks about how she is getting ready for a hectic week before being able to look forward to a three week holiday. Sabine has been working with patients in a respite centre in Bristol and, though the work is challenging, she also feels relieved to be able to engage with patients where the primary focus is no longer COVID-19.  While dividing her time between nursing shifts, teaching, and preparing for a presentation at a congress in Tokyo, Sabine is able to reflect on what a varied life nursing can provide.

Episode 8: The Beautiful and Varied World of Nursing

Listen:

Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 29/09/2021, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team