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Taste of British for nurses from Philippines
Taste of British for nurses from Philippines
11 October 2017

International nursing students from the Philippines had a taste of British culture when hospital colleagues treated them to a fish and chip supper –for some it was the first time they had ever tasted vinegar.

Education and Training team colleagues Vicki Nunn and Kay Pilkington-Blacker organised the Saturday night event to give the students a break from their OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) studies. The nurses undertake several weeks’ preparation for their OSCE which the Nursing and Midwifery Council requires them to pass before they can be registered nurse here.

Student nurse Haydee Faeldo, who won a game of bingo at the event, said: “Events such as the fish and chips supper give us time out to socialise and relax and to integrate ourselves with the culture in England.”

Usual dressings for chips in the Philippines are tomato ketchup and mayonnaise. But it is not just the food that they have been getting to grips with. Fellow student nurse Pamela Musni said: “It is fun getting to know the area, using the bus, going to the shopping mall near the town. We also enjoy going to car boot sales and bartering.”

Kay said: “We wanted to show our nurses a bit of what British people do on a Saturday night. We love our fish and chips and like our prize bingo.”

Three cohorts of students have already arrived from the Philippines and with more scheduled to arrive in the coming months, Kay added: “The students work so hard to become regular nurses, and events such as this give them time to have a break from the classroom and have a bit of enjoyment and fun.”

The group have also had a traditional British tea party and a Halloween is next.