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RCN member's poem goes viral on Youtube

Published: 26 April 2013

A poem read by a second year nursing student at RCN Congress in Liverpool this week has gone viral on the internet, racking up more than 86,000 views in less than 48 hours. The poem, written and read by Molly Case, touches on the recent media criticism of nursing and has received overwhelming praise online.

One viewer commented on Youtube: "I am a retired doctor. There’s a simple solution to the problems in the NHS, more nurses. Good luck in your career, Molly." Another wrote: "Your words were so beautiful and inspiring, nurses are amazing people and you helped to re-establish this. Well done Molly, you're an asset to the nursing community."

In a note to those who had commented on the film, Molly said: "Thank you so much for giving me the wonderful opportunity to perform my poem for you all. Whilst it was a rather nerve-wracking experience, I couldn’t feel more privileged to have been allowed up there in front of Congress to read it."

The poem was originally posted on the RCN’s Discussion Zone, before being spotted by users. Molly was quickly invited to Congress and asked to read the poem ahead of a speech by Lord Willis of Knaresborough, who spoke positively about the value of nursing students.

Molly received a standing ovation from delegates and a recording of her reading was posted on the RCN’s Facebook page. It has been “liked” more than 800 times and shared by more than 700 people.

Watch Molly reading the poem at RCN Congress.