I went to Ghana as the opportunity for an overseas insight placement was offered by my university, Anglia Ruskin, and was organised by Work the World. I spent three weeks in Takoradi to develop my knowledge and understanding of international health care provision and experience nursing in a completely different environment.
As nurses we all know about the terrible impact a shortage of nursing staff has in the workplace.
As the action needed to tackle the issue of nursing shortages becomes an extreme challenge, it is clear that you, our members, will be the driving force in highlighting the problem.
I was pleased to see the Eastern region so well represented at RCN Congress in Liverpool last month. I was sorry not to be able to be there myself, but was delighted to be able to follow proceedings online.
Our region was the first to hold its collaborative event to get members to shape a regional staffing for safe and effective care campaign.
As student nurse, it can be difficult to know your first move when qualified. There are certain pathways favoured by both students and current staff that tend to involve starting your first year within an acute hospital trust. I have long felt that this pathway is not for me - not because I dislike hospital work but because that is not where my heart is.
The new hashtag for the staffing for safe and effective care campaign is #SafetyInNumbers. We’re hoping it’s a hashtag that will catch people’s attention for this important campaign.
Last month I attended the first meeting of the newly elected RCN Council. We covered a lot of ground at this meeting, with some important updates on issues of great importance to RCN members and the patients we care for.
Campaigning on issues that are important to our members is something the RCN Eastern team is extremely passionate about.
As the days and nights get colder and we move towards the festive season, it is easy to feel the ramping up of activity to manage the patient throughput and dependency we so well know at this time of the year.