As the RCN Bedfordshire branch chair, Eastern Board Member and the UK Safety Committee Representative for the Eastern Region, I have a full understanding of the affairs of RCN.
The RCN has been a lifelong source of support to me during my career, always there and always working for nurses like me.
The hard truth and reality of a reduced nursing workforce appears to be focusing conversations at STP forums for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP.
Last year’s Scrap the Cap and Close the Gap campaigns saw our members come out in large number to get their voices heard on the need for fair pay in the NHS.
Since the Government announced the pay deal being offered to staff working in the NHS, much has been said on both sides of the debate.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affect over 10 million people in the UK and are the leading cause of disability in England according to the Global Burden of Disease project.
Working in nursing, you never stand still. This is literally the case, as we know members are rushed off their feet caring for a growing number of patients while coping with limited resources and staff shortages.
For some people, the prospect of meeting with an MP can be quite daunting. You might think why would this person be interested in hearing from me? Will they ask me questions I don’t know the answer to? Will I just end up feeling intimidated and dejected?
Maria Trewern says nurse staffing for safe and effective care is her priority as Chair of RCN Council.
Christmas is the time of year where people start to wind down, take time off work to spend with their families and simply relax. But for those working in the NHS and independent sector, winter is often not a time for rest and relaxation. A&Es are busier than ever, hospital wards packed with patients and nursing homes under pressure to help relieve challenges in hospitals by taking in those who are taking up precious beds.