Fair Pay for Nursing: Take action today

Share your experiences and why we need #FairPayForNursing  

Nursing staff are sharing their reasons why a 3% pay award is simply not good enough. Join us and share your own video explaining why the campaign for fair pay is so important.

Share your video on your social media platforms using #FairPayForNursing and tagging @theRCN along with five friends who should take this action too.

Whether it’s your experiences of the pandemic, the impact of low pay on your ability to afford everyday essentials, or the pressures of not having enough staff to conduct your job safely – whatever your reason – we want everyone to hear it.

Why not ask your family and friends to record something too? Everyone, no matter what their profession, is touched by nursing. Fair Pay for Nursing is everyone’s business. Hearing from the public and patients themselves is powerful in supporting us to create change.

Together we will continue to fight for the fair pay nursing staff deserve.  

For support, contact social.media@rcn.org.uk.

Record yourself on your phone, computer or tablet completing the sentence “We need fair pay for nursing because...”.

Once you have recorded your video, share it on your social accounts with #FairPayForNursing and tag the RCN in your posts along with five friends or colleagues who should record a video too. Together, we will make this campaign even stronger and demonstrate why the government must properly value nursing staff and their safety critical role in providing care to patients and their families.  

Setting up  

  • Clean the camera on your phone  
  • Film yourself in landscape/horizontally.  
  • Consider your background. Plain walls work well but work with what you have at your disposal. Don’t sit/stand right up against a wall or object. Leave a couple of feet of space between yourself and anything else in the frame.  
  • Framing – put yourself in the centre of the screen. If a stationary video, film yourself from the shoulders up. Try not to film yourself from a lower angle. If using a laptop, you should find a way to bring it up to be to level with your eyes. If you’re using a phone, you might find it easier to prop your phone against something to keep the camera steady, just make sure at all the times that the camera is in line with your eyes.  
  • Make sure what you’re wearing is appropriate for the video you’re shooting. If you have a Fair Pay for Nursing badge, face mask or other campaign materials, feel free to add that to the frame too. 
  • Don’t use the zoom as this reduces the video quality. 
  • Use natural light or an external light source instead of the camera flash where possible. Also try to avoid light where you will be backlit to prevent looking like a dark shadow in the footage, for example don’t sit with your back to a window, face the window instead.  

Recording yourself  

  • When preparing your message, you might find it handy to have a short list of bullet points near the camera that you can use as prompts. Don’t forget to start you video with ‘we need fair pay for nursing because…’  
  • Be aware of the sound around you. Try to film where there won’t be a lot of sound. Be aware of empty rooms as these will cause an echo.  
    Don’t cover the audio hole with your hand if you are holding your phone while you’re filming. 
  • If using headphones with an in-built microphone, make sure that the microphone isn’t covered by your clothing and that it is working correctly.  

 After recording  

  • Listen back to the recording after filming - can you be heard loudly and clearly? If not, you may need to try recording again, in a quieter space.  

Find a pay event near you

Find out more about our upcoming pay events that you can attend.

Sign our petition

Nursing staff are working harder than ever before in highly skilled, complex, responsible roles. Sign our petition to tell the Prime Minister why you demand fair pay for nursing.

Industrial Action Handbook

The RCN Industrial Action Handbook is a comprehensive guide that explains the different types of action members can take and provides examples of how to organise action in the workplace.