Dear Doctorate – Year two, week 24

Published on Sunday 10th March 2019 by DJ Kirkby

Dear Doctorate Diary

The  apps that I wrote for Health Education England to support families with making sustainable health and wellbeing changes related to overweight and obesity, and to support professionals with having health conversations about overweight and obesity, are now available for free download from IOS and android stores. You’ll find them by searching for NoObesity Professional and NoObesity Family.

Work on storyboarding the content of the next three virtual reality learning environments (VRLE) for healthcare education is progressing at a snail’s pace. I’ve been working 90 hour weeks and not a much of it has been dedicated to time for getting the content written. However, I did manage to put together a pin board to guide the developers with creating the look of the avatars for the next VRLE and also the look of the interior so it has been exciting to see those coming to life.

Much to my delight I’ve been invited to go to parliament a couple times to talk about the work I am doing with VRLE for healthcare education. This, along with the students’ appreciation of their learning in the VRLE, is the kind of result that makes me realise all this hard work is worthwhile. Overall though, the doctorate related expectations are all still quite terrifying – for example,  I can’t imagine speaking at a post grad conference. I know, ridiculous,…I make no sense to myself either.

I have more eye surgery due and the operation has been moved forward to next week so that’s going to scupper any work on my doctorate a for a few weeks, along with baking running, playing with my grandchildren, baking and other joys of life. Not that I’m implying that doctorate assignment writing is a joy of life (it’s really not, in case you didn’t already realise this), it just happened to be at the start of the previous sentence. Luckily I have managed to cover the teaching and other things I had diarised for the post operation recovery period when I will be absent from work. Although the thought of surgery is always a bit daunting, I am quite looking forward to a break from work and studying as it’s been quite full on since Sept 2018 and I’m beginning to feel the strain.

Anyway, as I am losing assignment writing time due to eye surgery I really should get on with making the most of writing time today. Which is why I am procrastinating by writing this blog post, of course.


Week 24 in review: read week 20 by clicking here

Publishable doctorate words writtenVirtual health education: scaling practice to transform student learning article has been made available online by Nurse Education Today – click here for more info. Future Technologies Conference 2018 article NoObesity Apps – from approach to finished app has been published.  I’ve finished the draft of the second CILVRS article and need to choose a journal for submission so I can rework it to suit their criteria.
Doctorate assignment words written – 1874 words written of assignment five which is about undertaking and analysis of my pilot research. This is the last assignment before my transfer doc, scary.
Cups of tea drunk –  Lost count, tea is so perfect, more tea please.
Miles run – sadly I am running just one parkrun a week due to working all daylight hours plus doing my doctorate on weekends. I did run a half marathon on 3rd Feb, and despite doing no training for it, I did enjoy it (not that I’ll be making  habit of running long distance without training though as that way injuries lie).
Kilometres swam -Zero because, work.
Cakes baked –  Check out my Instagram page or my recipe page for bakes. My new fave thing to do is make iced cookies!
Crafting  done- I’m working on knitting a chunky blanket using up yarn scraps so it’s a long term project.
Books read for pleasure –  Less than I would like but work and study make me too tired to do more than a few minutes reading before I fall asleep at night (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – Research and evaluation for busy practitioners by Helen Kara
Movies / videos watched for doctorate – none in past month
Articles read for doctorate –  None this month
Blogs read for doctorate – None this month
Research undertaken
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none this week.
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Assignment support dates and tutorials agreed for rest of year.
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – Ridiculously high. I’ve stopped trying and am using my holiday allowance instead.
Overall average stress level – tolerably high
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for next week:

  • Recover from eye op
  • Relax

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