Ed Freshwater, Chair of RCN Mental Health Forum, blogs on yesterday’s Congress debate on designated places of safety.
Thank to you, our members.
Members outside of the Congress debating hall will be able to take part in the discussion this Congress, explains BJ Waltho.
Find out where they stand on key nursing issues.
David Atherton spent almost two years volunteering with VSO at a rural nursing college in Malawi. He shares the highlights from his time there.
Ask your candidate to improve, value and invest in nursing.
Artist Liz Atkin uses charcoal drawing as a radical re-thinking of skin picking, transposing the urge & energy of the disorder into artworks.
Member input is vital to direct the RCN’s response to another below-inflation pay award, says RCN President Cecilia Anim CBE.
Time is running out to register for the RCN Children and Young People’s Conference – make sure you don’t miss out.
Congress is your opportunity to tell the world what you love about nursing, and what you’d like to change too.
Dr Tommy Dickinson is a nurse and historian at King’s College London, and currently exploring the nursing care of people with HIV/AIDS before antiviral medication was readily available. Tommy is interviewing and collecting items as part of the project which he plans to deposit with the RCN Library and Archive collections.
All too often we hear in the press about the national shortage of nurses, what about our local general practice nurses?
A past recipient of a Mary Seacole award describes how recognition boosted her confidence and career.
Death isn’t something we dwell on, but as nursing staff it is integral to delivering high quality, compassionate care.
From Portsmouth to Preston, Salford to Sussex, staff from RCN Library and Archive Services have been out and about over the last few months.
As the Government triggers Article 50, nursing staff from the European Economic Area face an uncertain future.
A new booklet on how to improve stroke services is useful reading for any nursing staff working in that field.
The Government's decision hurts nursing staff and the excellent patient care they are desperately trying to uphold.
Reading about nurses being at higher risk of suicide in a report recently published by the Office for National Statistics made me even more determined to talk about how the RCN can help.
Want to meet a therapy dog? Fancy free tea and biscuits? Join us on 29th March 2017 in the library for our next ExpertTeas event.
A blog about the collecting project for forums and boosting our record collecting for the archives.
A blog about the history of district nursing and the Queens Nursing Institute Scotland.
Out of all of the biographies on Wikipedia, only 17% of them are of women. Here at the RCN Library we’re planning to help change that - Alice explains how:
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.
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.
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.
I updated my portfolio of learning and feedback as the new Revalidation process was commenced with the NMC in December 2015.
Nursing apprenticeships begin in September, writes Gary Kirwan.
The fight for fair pay may take years – but, together, we will show the Government we won’t be beaten.
We must protect our healthcare staff from violence and aggression.
Assistant Practitioner Lindsay Cardwell looks at how her role fits with trainee nursing associates.
Awareness of sexual health has never been greater, thanks to the work of frontline nursing staff.
The first response I had to the news that prison suicides are the highest since records began in 1978 is deep sorrow for those who committed suicide and for the 119 families grieving a loved one under these most difficult of circumstances.
Many years ago I remember reading about how confused the public were about children’s nurse uniforms and nursing titles.
Fiona Stephenson describes her reaction to receiving an RCN Fellowship.
This year we’ve decided to prove we pride ourselves on excellent customer service by applying for the externally assessed Customer Service Excellence Standard (CSE).
In 2016 we enjoyed celebrating our centenary, but as Janet Davies said we must also look towards what we can achieve in the next 100 years.
The Award of Merit is given in acknowledgment of voluntary service to the RCN – do you know someone deserving?
Attending Congress will help you be a better nurse, says BJ Waltho, Vice Chair of RCN Congress.
The drop in nursing applicants in England shows how important it is that the Government explain key information about changes to student funding, says Kathryn Davies.
A look at our most recent addition to our archives collection - 18 posters on 'Target London' from 1985.
This year some of our key British nursing and midwifery journal titles are now available online in full text.
Nominating someone for an award can boost their confidence and help with their personal development.
Following today’s debate on nursing pay, we will continue to fight for the pay rise you deserve.
As Chair of the RCN Mental Health Forum committee, I’m pleased mental illness is high on the Government’s agenda. But I have grave concerns about turning the rhetoric into reality.
The number of nursing staff in each parliamentary constituency make us a force to be reckoned with, says RCN President, Cecilia Anim CBE.
The RCN Fellowship recognises nurses who have made a significant contribution to the science and art of nursing.
Across the UK, the integration of health and social care looks different.
When times are tough, it’s important to remember that we’re all in it together, says mental health nurse Hannah.
Pressures in A&E have hit the headlines this week with reports that patients are waiting up to 23 hours in hospital corridors in England.
By working together we can meet the challenges ahead, says RCN President Cecilia Anim.
It’s been another busy year, with significant changes that will shape nursing for years to come.
RCN Director of Nursing, Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, on revalidating in a non-patient facing role.
In recent weeks reams of information about the future of the NHS in our region has been published online. If you’ve missed them, you’re not alone. The majority of the public is probably unaware of the huge changes about to be set in action as part of the so-called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).
RCN Senior Welfare Advisor Claire Cannings on dealing with financial pressures this festive season.
In October, we launched an exciting new pilot service for nurses working at an advanced level.
Today, the Clinical Services Accreditation Alliance (CSAA) launches six new products to support the development of clinical services accreditation schemes.
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.
Wherever there are injustices, exclusion, and barriers to women and girls thriving, we have a voice and a duty.
In a world of rapid change, the health system is increasingly looking for new answers.
Lifting the 1% cap on pay would send a positive message to thousands of struggling nursing staff.
Nurses and midwives are uniquely positioned to lead and implement practices to prevent infections and reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance.
Nursing staff, in every setting, have the opportunity to transform patient care.
How a recent health scare taught RCN Counsellor Tanja Koch about the danger of neglecting her own needs.
Our latest Labour Market Review shows action is needed now to address the workforce shortage.
This Living Wage week is an opportunity to talk to employers about fair pay.
Plans for a new nursing associate role are proceeding, with the first cohort of 1000 starting a two year programme in December, and another 1000 likely to be approved as soon as April of 2017.
East and North Herts pension offer is deeply distressing.
Preventing back and other musculoskeletal injuries is a win, win situation for all, says Kim Sunley.
The RCN will welcome delegates from around the world to London this November.
Striking a good work-life balance in a hectic workplace can be tough, but there are small changes everyone can make to ease the strain, says Sarah.
RCN Professional Lead for Public Health, Helen Donovan, explains why immunisation is key for all nursing staff.
The RCN has submitted evidence to the body that makes recommendations on NHS pay.
Latest workforce figures show that health visitor posts are being cut throughout England.
In 1985 I opted out the NHS Pension Scheme because I wanted to buy my children new school shoes.
Roles are being cut when they're needed most, writes Fiona Smith.
A new intake of nursing students is the perfect opportunity to impart the knowledge we all have as skilled nursing staff, says Hannah.
The RCN Public Health Forum Chair discusses the Government's new guidelines on alcohol consumption.
On Friday morning I woke up to headlines about my leadership of RCN Council.
Janet Davies calls on RCN members to use their influence to create change.
The RCN District Nursing Forum welcomes the King’s Fund report (Understanding quality in district nursing services) and the concerns raised regarding the impact demand and capacity has on the ability to provide excellent holistic care quality.
New records show how overseas staff have bolstered the National Health Service since its inception, says RCN President Cecilia Anim.
Janet Davies reflects on the successes and challenges of her first year in post
As temperatures soar, remember to keep hydrated, writes Kim Sunley.
We all have a responsibility to seize the moment and educate others about the work we do, says RCN President Cecilia Anim.
Work-related violence may come with the territory. But don’t ignore the effect it can have on nursing staff, writes Hannah.
How aware of disability in health care are we? asks Nicola Lee
Show the Government it’s time for a rethink, says RCN President Cecilia Anim.
Is your workplace carer friendly? asks Nicola Lee
It is so important for RCN members to come to Congress.
Members must use their vote in the upcoming EU referendum.
Learning at work keeps us creative, motivated and healthy, writes Karen Dutton.
Going the extra mile is simply what we do, says RCN President Cecilia Anim in celebration of Nurses' Day.
We must never forget the way we support each other, writes Hannah.
Government announcements threaten to have a profound effect on nursing.
Evidence is key to addressing current issues in nursing, says RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies.
Most workplace incidents are preventable, and we must continue to challenge negative perceptions surrounding health and safety, writes Kim Sunley.
We’re all working longer, so guidance to support an older workforce is welcome, writes Kim Sunley.
RCN campaign has reduced the threat to staff, patients and employers, says RCN President Cecilia Anim.
More than 5,000 RCN members have given their views on the proposed 'nursing associate' role.
Stress is a part of modern life. Finding ways to reduce levels of stress is a skill that everybody needs, writes Hannah.
Thank you for being a part of our history, says RCN President Cecilia Anim.
Sleep is something we all need, but many of us struggle with. There are things we can do to help, writes Tanja Koch.
When life is chaotic, it’s important to remember that self-care can take many forms, writes Hannah.
Our centenary is a chance to reflect on changes to health and safety conditions, though it’s not always been for the better.
Safe staffing success shows the value of a united front, says RCN President Cecilia Anim
Learning disability nurses are a critically valuable part of the nursing workforce.
The time is fast approaching for the first nurses and midwives to complete the new NMC revalidation process.
Lessons from the past tell us we are stronger when united, says RCN President Cecilia Anim
2016 is a special year for the Royal College of Nursing, says RCN President Cecilia Anim.
As 2015 draws to a close, it’s important we take time to reflect on what we have achieved together this year. There is a lot for us to celebrate.
Between 2001 and 2007 I worked in the inpatient unit of a mental health ward, often within acute psychiatry and psychiatric intensive care.
In a post addressing nursing students following the Government's decision to scrap student nurse bursaries, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Janet Davies said: 'The Government’s decision to replace nursing students’ bursaries with loans is extremely disappointing'.
It's time that nursing staff were truly valued, says RCN President Cecilia Anim.
In early October, the Nursing and Midwifery Council took the historic step of giving the go ahead to the new revalidation process.
Nursing staff are under pressure from increased workloads, says RCN President Cecilia Anim.
I have really enjoyed meeting with many members across the UK this month.