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blog posts 26 blog posts
  • Kim Sunley Kim Sunley 16 Mar 2018

    World Sleep Day - quality and quantity of sleep is an issue for the nursing workforce

    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?

  • Denise McLaughlin Denise McLaughlin 13 Mar 2018

    Nutrition and Hydration Week – It’s for nursing staff too

    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.

  • Cup of tea Tanja Koch Tanja Koch 16 Feb 2018

    Random Acts of Kindness Day

    Tomorrow it is Random Acts of Kindness Day and it got me thinking about the work I do together with the nursing family.

  • Kim Sunley Kim Sunley 1 Nov 2017

    National Stress Awareness Day 2017

    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.

  • Nursing staff at work Denise McLaughlin Denise McLaughlin 25 Oct 2017

    Celebrating our safety reps

    This European Week of Safety and Health 2017, Denise McLaughlin explains the vital work of RCN safety representatives.

  • Student nurses with lecturer Val Bailey Val Bailey 4 Sep 2017

    Calling all student nurses – should self-care, self-compassion and resilience be part of your training?

    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.

  • Nursing team Hannah Andrews Hannah Andrews 19 Jan 2017

    Tackling tough times

    When times are tough, it’s important to remember that we’re all in it together, says mental health nurse Hannah.

  • Money matters at Christmas Claire Cannings Claire Cannings 7 Dec 2016

    Money matters at Christmas

    RCN Senior Welfare Advisor Claire Cannings on dealing with financial pressures this festive season.

  • Taking action on abuse Carmel Bagness Carmel Bagness 25 Nov 2016

    Taking action on abuse

    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.

  • Self Care Tanja Koch Tanja Koch 16 Nov 2016

    Stay self-care aware

    How a recent health scare taught RCN Counsellor Tanja Koch about the danger of neglecting her own needs.