Join our campaign in England
It’s vital that this work is driven and led by members. We're the ones on the frontline and we are the ones that know what will work.
Nurses in all areas are struggling to give safe and effective care to their patients. This is something I hear about all the time. In 2017 the RCN conducted a survey asking members about your experience at work, particularly reflecting on your last shift, and feedback from the North West really stood out – exceeding the English average in a lot of areas.
Safe staffing means having enough nursing staff with the right skills and knowledge, in the right place, at the right time. Without safe staffing levels in place, nursing staff are struggling to provide patients with the safe and effective care which patients deserve and this also puts nursing staff at risk.
How often are you frustrated that you cannot deliver the quality of care that your patients and service users need because there aren’t enough staff on duty? How often are you anxious that they might not even be safe?
I've just participated in a landmark day for membership-led activity within the Royal College of Nursing.
Thursday 14 February 2019 was a big milestone for the RCN and member engagement.
Our call for legislation in all four countries of the UK has the potential to be one of the most potent campaigns the College has ever run, says RCN President Anne Marie Rafferty.
Staffing for safe and effective care, it may not be catchy but it's coming your way, it's going to be big - get excited, get involved.