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.
It seems a long time ago now that the RCN launched its #scrapthecap campaign to help remove the cap on nursing pay increases and give our members the pay rise they so need and deserve.
I decided to study nursing because when I was growing up I would often visit my younger sister in hospital. She has a rare gastro genetic disorder, called NF2, and learning difficulties. All my memories of these visits involve how amazing the nurses were and how they helped my sister and my family. These were very difficult times and they have helped inspire me to want to support other people through times like that.
It is now more than three months since members at RCN Congress voted for a “summer of protest” in response to the years of pay restraint suffered by nursing staff across our region and the whole of the UK.
Working in nursing is by no means an easy job. We work hard for our money, often under extreme stress in understaffed services and with rising demand.
In a profession such as nursing, getting your voice heard is vitally important – although not always easy.
At this time of year it should be no surprise to anyone that hospitals are busy, community health care is pushed to its limits and NHS services are frequently struggling to cope with demand.
I completed my revalidation in December. I was concerned at how much time it would take to prepare the paperwork, but it wasn’t too onerous.
I updated my portfolio of learning and feedback as the new Revalidation process was commenced with the NMC in December 2015.
To start off I was really worried that I wasn’t going to be able to prove that I had actually done all the things I knew I had done. But I had all my certificates and other documentation so I pulled everything together and I realised I had done quite a lot and could present everything quite quickly. Once all the proof was in front of me, the reflective piece was quite easy to do.