INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY

INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY

“Helping Men & Boys”

International Men's Day

Today November 19th is International Men’s Day, a global holiday centered around the celebration of men, the value they bring to the world, and the positive gifts they bring to their communities and families, as well as the workplace. It is also a celebration of men and the issues they face in society.

The theme for International Men’s Day this year is “Helping Men and Boys”. All men have the responsibility to teach the next generation how to become the best men they can become. Everyone should have access to a positive male role model. Men must lead by example in order for young boys to gain knowledge on how to create a safe and fair society for all.

The day is also aimed at creating a safe space for men’s mental health issues to be spoken about, an important conversation topic that brings up ideas surrounding manhood and masculinity.

Since 1999, methods of celebrating International Men’s Day have included public seminars, forums, conferences, festivals, and fundraisers such as the Movember fundraisers.

WHY IS IT CELEBRATED?

There are many amazing reasons why we celebrate International Men’s Day. The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day are set out in ‘All The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day’.

Six Pillars of International Men’s Day

  • To promote positive male role models: not just movie stars and sportsmen but everyday men who are living decent, honest lives.
  • To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, childcare, and the environment.
  • To focus on men’s health and well-being: social, emotional, physical, and spiritual.
  • To highlight discrimination against men in areas of social services, social attitudes, expectations, and law.
  • To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
  • To create a safer, better world, where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.
International Men's Day

DID YOU KNOW?

  • More than 50% of men say their health isn’t something they like to talk about.
  • More than 40% of men only go to the doctor when they think they have a serious medical condition.
  • 3 out of 4 suicides globally are carried out by men.
  • Men make up 95% of those who die at work.

Mental Health and Men

It comes as no surprise that men are less inclined to talk about their feelings, it is something that has been a societal fact. However, in recent years there has been more awareness around this and efforts are being made to encourage boys and men to open up about their emotions.
Awareness and compassion are preventing the notion of toxic masculinity and old-fashioned ideas about how men should be men. With the suicide rate being so high for men in particular, it is important that they have a safe space to share which will prevent needless and preventative deaths. For more information about mental health, you can view our recent blog World Mental Health Day: Tips for Your Mental Health.

Men high-fiving

Men of Servisource Healthcare

It’s important to have gender equality within the workplace. They should be places where employees feel safe to voice their opinions and feel supported. A mixed-gender work environment is also beneficial for all. Here at Servisource, we are lucky to work side by side with men of exceptional talent as well as being kind-spirited and supportive. There are simply too many to list so let’s have a look at some of them and what their colleagues have to say about them on this special day.

How Can We Celebrate?

There are many ways to celebrate International Men’s Day. It is a day of celebration after all! You can do this alone by donating to a male charity or you can join in on the fun and organise a fundraiser yourself to spread the news. Here are just a few ways you can help out and show that you care.

  • Sharing is caring. Spreading the word is a great place to start, so tell your colleagues, friends and family about it.
  • Support the “Movember” campaign. Why not support this amazing cause that occurs throughout November which aims to “change the face of men’s health.” You can donate to the cause on the Movember website.
  • Say thank you to the men in your life. It’s important to let the men in your life know how important they are to you. Whether it’s your brother, son or father, why not tell them how much they mean to you on this special day.
  • Acknowledge the contribution of men. Be it someone famous, or someone close to your heart. There are numerous male leaders and contributors. It’s important to acknowledge what they have done for society.

Make sure to spend the day well, no matter who you are, and remember that we are all in this together in order to create a society equal for all. If you would like more information on International Men’s Day, you can visit their website.

International Men's Day

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WORLD KINDNESS DAY

WORLD KINDNESS DAY NOVEMBER 13th

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13th. It all began in 1997 when World Kindness Week was launched after a group of associations from a number of different countries such as; England, Australia, Thailand and America, gathered together because of their determination to promote kindness around the world. The World Kindness Movement was created and has been an event built around raising awareness and compassion throughout society. The event has continued to grow in popularity every year with increasing numbers of individuals, schools, charities, institutions and businesses taking part.

world kindness day

There are many ways to be kind. When you do something kind, it can easily spread and has a knock-on effect. It is obvious there is power in kindness, it can help create a better world for us all to live in. When we are treated kindly, we tend to be kind towards others too. Now let’s have a look at how you can celebrate and spread some cheer this World Kindness Day.

How Can You Celebrate World Kindness Day?

Helping someone with their bags

Help someone in need, if you see someone struggling with their groceries or luggage bags, offer to help.

Calling a loved one

Text or call a friend just to say hi. You never know what people are going through and a simple phone call for a quick chit chat could make someone’s day.

Checking on an elderly neighbour

Check on that elderly neighbour next door, have a cup of tea with them or ask them if they need help with something.

Love

Tell someone you love them, this could be a family member, spouse or your child. Why not let them know how much they mean to you.

Talking to a cashier

Ask a cashier or retail worker how they are. Everyday we come into contact with these workers but barely move beyond “Please” and “Thank you”, why not ask how they are, it could make their day and job that bit nicer.

Smiling at a passerby

A smile goes a long way, why not smile and say hi to that passerby. You never know, you could make a new friend!

Each of us has the power to brighten someone else’s day. And what could be better than that? We asked our team at Servisource about random acts of kindness they may have received or experienced, this is what they said:

Giving/recieving a parking ticket with time left on it so you/they dont have to purchase one, this is how legends are born!

It’s always so nice when a cashier asks me how I am while scanning my goods. It’s such a nice thing to do. We are all busy but sometimes it’s nice to just stop and chat for a bit.

I like to buy my co-workers their favourite snack when they are having a long/stressful day at work or at college (usually a cookie).

I always pay someone a compliment on their outfit, be it a stranger, friend or colleague. People put a lot of effort into their outfits and I know how much it brightens my day when it happens to me so I always like to pay it forward.

I love it when someone lets you jump in front of them in the line for the cash register because you only have a few items and they have a huge trolley full. Super kind!

I regularly call into my elderly neighbours to check-in on them and see if they need any help with grocery shopping. This was particularly important during the covid lockdown. It’s important to make sure they are doing OK. It’s one kind thing that always makes my day.

World Kindness Day/Kindness in Healthcare


KINDNESS IN HEALTHCARE

Every day our nurses and healthcare assistants work around the clock caring for the vulnerable and elderly. The staff at Myhomecare.ie, (a HSE recognised national supplier of homecare established in 2006 by Servisource Recruitment and part of the CPL Group), carry out a range of homecare services from domestic support to palliative care, among others. Working in healthcare is extremely rewarding and gives people a chance to do something positive for their community. If you’re interested in spreading kindness as a profession, then don’t hesitate to contact our team at the Myhomecare Care Academy, Myhomecare’s one-stop shop for aspiring Carers, offering training and career progression support and guidance. You never know, it could end up being your dream career.

World Kindness Day/ Healthcare Assistant

At Servisource, we encourage everybody to do their bit and spread a little kindness on November 13th. If you are unsure about how to be your kindest self, you can find a wide range of resources including ideas for random acts of kindness on the Kindness UK website www.kindnessuk.com. You can even be kind to yourself, treat yourself to that chocolate cake you’ve been eyeing up all week, or go have that lie-in you’ve been meaning to have. After all, it’s the little things that count at the end of the day.

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Current Test Structure:

The NMC currently accepts two language tests: the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET). There are four domains and the required scores remain the same.
If you don’t pass the first time, you can sit the exam again and combine scores from two test certificates. Currently, you can’t combine test scores if you achieve less than 6.5 (IELTS) or C+ / 300 or above (OET) in any part of the test. As this is already the required score for writing, no changes will be implemented here.

See the below table for the current required scores for English Language Tests:
Table with Current required scores for English language tests

Doing an exam

What are the Changes?

You must still achieve the required test scores for each domain, but to combine test scores, you’ll need to get no less than 0.5 (IELTS) or half a grade (OET) below the required score for every domain. This means you’ll be able to combine your scores as long as you achieve 6 (IELTS) or C / 250 or above (OET) in writing, and 6.5 (IELTS) or C+ / 300 or above (OET) in the other three domains. This is called the minimum score.

See the below table for the new minimum scores for each part of the test:
Table with New minimum scores for each part of the test

To combine your scores, you must currently retake your test within six months of sitting the first test. This period will be extended to 12 months to allow for more preparation time.

Supporting Information From Your Employer:

With the new changes from 2023, the NMC will accept supplementary supporting information from employers demonstrating the ability to communicate effectively in English in a practiced environment. The information will be accepted under the following conditions:

  • You narrowly miss out on a score in one of the four domains by 0.5 in the IELTS (6 for writing and 6.5 in the other domains) or half a grade in the OET (C / 250 or above in writing and C+ / 300 or above in the other domains).
  • You were trained and assessed in English in a country where English is not a majority-spoken language.

The Requirements For This Are:

  • You’ll need to have worked for your employer for a minimum of 12 months within the last two years.
  • The above must have been in a health and social care practice setting in the UK.
  • Managers will need to be an NMC-registered professional.
  • Standard NMC form for employers to complete.
  • This form needs to be counter-signed by a more senior NMC registered professional who’s working for the same employer.

Professionals looking to join the NMC register will need to follow the current requirements until these new changes have been implemented. We advise you to stay updated by visiting the NMC’s website in relation to these upcoming amendments.

At Servisource, we place International Healthcare Professionals in permanent positions across the UK into the private sector and NHS while offering career progression within a supportive work environment. Find out more and request a callback from our team.

The team at Servisource wish you the best of luck with the exams and your pursuit at joining the register.

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At Servisource, we have a range of staffing sectors including our nurse and healthcare assistant placements in permanent positions both domestically and internationally across Ireland. We are always looking for dedicated staff and in turn, we offer excellent career progression opportunities.

If you are a nurse who has received your training outside of the Republic of Ireland, your first step should be to submit an application to the NMBI for recognition of qualifications. This involves comparing your credentials to Irish educational standards and specifications. 

In September 2022, approval was obtained from the NMBI for an RCSI Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Aptitude Test for Overseas Psychiatric Nurses, which the RCSI’s Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery (FNM) developed. The test is designed to reflect the nature of the syllabus and knowledge required for a pre-registration programme in the Republic of Ireland as per the NMBI standards and requirements. We will outline some details of the test for you, so you can be prepared for it.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

To be eligible to apply, you must have an in-date NMBI decision letter stating that:
1. It is the Psychiatric Nurses Division that applies to your application.
2. You need to successfully complete a compensation measure and that one of the compensation measures is the RCSI FNM Aptitude Test for Psychiatric Nurses.
You can find out more information about this here.

What is the Structure of the Test?

Knowing the structure of the test will allow you to be in the best position to pass it.
There are two parts to the test:

Part One:

  • Theory or knowledge test or MCQ.
  • Must be successfully completed before Part 2 can be attempted.
  • The theory test consists of a supervised online assessment of professional knowledge and understanding.
  • Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are used.
  • A minimum pass mark of 50% must be achieved in the Theory Test.
  • Required to answer 150 questions over a three-hour period.

You can find out more about Part One here.

Nurse OK with exam results

Part Two

  • Practical or OSCE test.
  • Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is used.
  • OSCE is an assessment methodology that enables the applicant to demonstrate competence in a simulated practice setting, known as a station.
  • You are required to complete 14 stations.
  • Each station assesses different competencies.
  • Applicant must be deemed competent in each competency at each station in order to pass the practical part.

You can find out more about Part Two here.

Both parts of the test are based on the NMBI Standards and Requirements for Nurse Registration Education Programmes and are what a newly qualified psychiatric nurse in the Republic of Ireland must be able to achieve. The test examines your potential suitability for registration as a psychiatric nurse with the NMBI and not just the suitability to work in one specific environment.

How to Prepare for Your Test:

Like every test, preparation is key and will set you up to be in the best possible position to pass. The RCSI recommends you base your revision on the NMBI publication: NMBI (2016) Nurse Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements 4th edition. The RCSI has a helpful Test Preparation page that offers minimum background reading topics and breaks down all stations and equipment.

What is the Fee?

The fee depends on the payment source and is stated as being either 2,500 euros or 2,800 euros depending on the applicant’s circumstances. More information about fees can be found here.

The above information is a basic guide but it is advised to keep up to date on the RCSI website for more exam details and news.


We wish you the best of luck with your exam and career.

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