Driving home after a night shift, arriving home and not remembering the journey; needing copious amounts of caffeine to get you through a rapidly rotating shift; needing matchsticks to keep your eyes open after being up all night caring for a sick dependent and then needing to go into work the next day – sound familiar?
Like many of you I was horrified but sadly not surprised to read the testimonies from the RCN’s survey on safe staffing. Nurses going 14 hours without a drink, holding on for the toilet and colleagues developing kidney stones.
Tomorrow it is Random Acts of Kindness Day and it got me thinking about the work I do together with the nursing family.
The recent RCN report on safe staffing made it abundantly clear, if it wasn’t already, that the nursing workforce is under a great deal of work related stress.
This European Week of Safety and Health 2017, Denise McLaughlin explains the vital work of RCN safety representatives.
Val Bailey, looks back at how self-care was encouraged when she was a student nurse and is hopeful that the new NMC Standards will help to ensure student nurses get the same level of support again.
When times are tough, it’s important to remember that we’re all in it together, says mental health nurse Hannah.
RCN Senior Welfare Advisor Claire Cannings on dealing with financial pressures this festive season.
As the international community raises awareness of the need to eliminate violence towards women, Carmel Bagness blogs on the impact domestic abuse can have on nursing staff.
How a recent health scare taught RCN Counsellor Tanja Koch about the danger of neglecting her own needs.