Whether you’re a new student or an old(ish) hand, it’s always worth remembering that the RCN is there to support you through your studies – and far beyond.
We’ve been busy telling you all about our fantastic Library and Heritage Centre and how it can help you with your uni work. You’ve also heard about how we support students in the workplace, looking out for your interests and helping you out if you find yourself in difficulty. The full range of RCN resources, opportunities and events is available by visiting our student web pages.
And let’s not forget RCN Xtra – make sure you’re signed up to this great way to get member discounts on everything from your shopping to cinema visits to train tickets, and much more.
But what often gets forgotten is the ongoing support the RCN provides as you move into work and your career progresses. You won’t be a student forever (though sometimes it might feel that way, such as during a particularly long lecture on a Friday afternoon!). We’re here to help you when applying for that all important first job, but it won’t be long before you’re thinking about your professional development. If you’re looking for career progression or moving to a more senior role, we can help.
The RCN has a wealth of resources to help throughout your career and we’re always happy to provide support to our members to achieve whatever you want to achieve.
We wish you all the best in your studies – and your future careers. Let us help you fulfil that great potential we saw when we met you all. You are the future of nursing.
NHS set to change again
The landscape of the NHS is set to change dramatically. Again.
It would be easy to dismiss the sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) being drawn up across our region and the whole of England as just another fiddling at the edges of the NHS. If there is one thing that those of us working in the NHS are used to it is change.
But these plans have the potential to vastly change the environments you work in and the services received by patients.
Already there are reports from some areas of England that the plans will include proposed ward closures, cuts in bed numbers and changes to the way care is delivered in A&E and GP practices.
Until we have the detail of the plans we can only guess at what is to come, but the RCN will be fully engaged in consultations over the plans and follow closely how they will affect our members.
The aim of STPs is to bring local health and care leaders, organisations and communities together to help plan and sustain local health services for the next five years. The plans should include a focus on improving health and wellbeing, but this is set against a backdrop of tough financial times and an NHS already struggling with demand and cutbacks.
At the forefront of our minds must be the need for staffing to remain at safe levels – both for patients and nurses already working under intense pressure. We can only deliver great care with the right number of skilled professionals working in the right settings.
Any potential risk to patient safety is extremely serious and the RCN will always work to ensure that safe staffing remains a top priority, at a local level and right through to the Government.
It is vital that nursing staff are actively involved and engaged in the transformation plans, from their point of conception through to their delivery.
Nursing skills and knowledge will play a key part in ensuring this latest earthquake in the NHS landscape has as few tremors as possible.
Abuse of nursing colleagues unacceptable - Let's stand with our EU staff
The result of the recent EU referendum vote to leave the European Union is already leading to uncertainty for our much-valued EU nurses working in hospitals, care homes, as community nurses and in our education institutions across the East of England.The most concerning result of the referendum has been an increase in reported hate crime, with attacks targeted at the homes and businesses of those who have moved to our region from overseas. To say this is totally unacceptable is a massive understatement and we wholeheartedly condemn any prejudice or abuse directed at nursing staff and, indeed, anyone who finds themselves the target of abuse.