“Doing” a Doctorate – week 49

Published on Sunday 7th October 2018 by DJ Kirkby

Working six – seven days a week and long hours each day continues, but even so it’s been quite a good week. I  passed my 3rd doctorate assignment (we only get a pass/fail grade at this stage) and am officially in my second year of being a doctorate student. I am genuinely astonished by this fact! I still feel like I know nothing, but one of my colleagues who has just begun her doctorate says the change in my knowledge is what prompted her to enrol for a taught doctorate so I must have learned something-  albeit quite possibly just how to make shit up and sound like it’s for real.

I enjoyed two days at a residential with the rest of my doctorate cohort. I wish we could have more time together as a cohort but we’re from all over the country so we’re lucky to get four face to face days a year together. I successfully made three separate and legitimate references to cake in a presentation on use of virtual reality in healthcare education. Quite possibly my finest moment to date. One of my classmates has challenged me to seamlessly use croquembouche and pithivier in my next assignment. Arrrgggh, wish me luck!

I ran the Pieces of Eight 8 mile race this morning and felt fairly strong. It’s absolutely delightful to be allowed to run again despite the shocking drop in my fitness from not running for so many weeks! Next distance jump on my marathon training plan is 10 miles the weekend after next (fairly relaxed mileage week this coming week) so I’ve entered the Great South Run. It’s never been a race I have particularly enjoyed but the fact that it’s an event that I’ve paid (a LOT) for means I will be sure to go out and do the distance no matter what the weather.

Week 49 in review: read week 48 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 accepted for publication.  Poster about the CILVRS project pilot VRLE has been accepted for the Wessex CSIP Safety, Quality & Improvement Conference 2018 and awarded highly commended status. I’ve finished the draft of the second CILVRS article so I need to send it to co-authors for their comment  / contribution.
Doctorate assignment words written – Two pilot surveys (pre and post VRLE use), a participant information form and a participant agreement form.
Cups of tea drunk –  Lost count, tea is so perfect, more tea please.
Miles run – 16
Kilometers swam -Zero (work and sore shoulder interference)
Miles cycled -Zero
Cakes baked – Pumpkin cake with mini gingerbread, pumpkin tarts with heart shaped gingerbread tops  (see photo at end of post).
Crafting  done- Knitting on pause during this hot weather
Books read for pleasure – All the Hidden Truths   (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – None this week
Movies / videos watched for doctorate – The 100
Articles read for doctorateNavigating the Waves: the usefulness of a pilot in qualitative research by Helen Sampson, Disrupting the narrative: immersive journalism in virtual reality by Sarah Jones
Blogs read for doctorate – None this week
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – one
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Meeting arranged for mid Oct
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – quite high due to sickness levels in the team meaning it was touch and go as to whether I would actually be able to go to the residential. Massive gratitude to my colleagues who stepped up to cover Friday’s teaching on my unit.
Overall average stress level – high
Average success rate – pretty good actually

Plan for next week:

  • Wait for my eye to fully heal
  • Wait for husband’s referral date to new specialist to find out extent of damage caused by illness number two (he’s received a letter informing him there are currently NO appointments!)
  • Begin first draft of assignment 4
  • Work
  • Bake
  • Train for marathon and 5k distance swim event
  • Have a life

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