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Celebrating Nurses across Wales

We carry the torch

Nursing is a tremendously rewarding career. 

Giving care is always challenging – that’s why it’s so important to take a moment or two to recognise and celebrate good nursing care. 

The Royal College of Nursing has over 25,000 members in Wales. Registered Nurses, healthcare support workers, midwives and nursing students. Here, we showcase just a few of these extraordinary people who across all the regions of Wales deliver care to those who need it. 

The RCN members featured here demonstrate the variety of skills our nurses and healthcare support workers in Wales have, why they love their jobs and why they are passionate about caring for their patients. Their achievements have helped maintain our commitment to providing safe, dignified health care. 

Our members also will tell you clearly and powerfully what improvements are needed on the frontline to improve nursing care – these are the individuals you represent, and these are the individuals who represent and advocate for patients in Wales.

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Roisin O Hare - Asylum Seeker Nurse, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


Richard Desir - Divisional Nurse, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


Marita Fernandez - Sister and Unit Manager, Cwm Taf University Health Board


Christine Edwards-Jones - Ward Manager, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board


Veronica Jarman - Day Hospital Sister, Powys Teaching Health Board


Anne Thomas - Staff Nurse, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board


Yvonne Thomas - District Nurse Team Leader, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Georgina Hobson - Community Learning Disability Nurse, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

I started working for the Complex Needs Service as a Registered Nurse for Learning Disabilities (RNLD) in 2012, a tertiary service for people with learning disabilities with behaviours that challenge. 

During my time there I gained knowledge on behaviour strategies, strengthened my knowledge on what active support really is and developed positive behaviour support plans with people in a format that was meaningful and understandable to them. I also developed my skills in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) a treatment for high risk behaviours.  

I joined the North Wales DBT team in 2013 – we adapted the model for people with learning disabilities in 2012 and since this time we have increased the numbers of RNLD’s that are involved in DBT. 
What do you love about your job?
I love being part of a service that support people to get equal access to primary healthcare service and I love how providing primary healthcare with information on how to support people with learning disabilities helps strengthen their own skills. I love working with high risk people and then seeing the risks reduce through assessment, setting goals and skills development. I believe in people having the information and skills to build a life worth living.  

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team where I can ask other professionals for their views, experiences and opinions. This supports people to get the help and support that they need, particularly with the Social Care and Wellbeing Act (2014) which has recently come into force. 

Overall I love being an educator, support, lifeline, mediator, care co-ordinator, researcher and developer of learning disability nurses.

If you could ask the Welsh Government to do one thing to improve your area of practice, what would it be?
The most needed change is the development of person centred joint commissioned services. This would increase full integrated working and increase the relationships between health and social care. I think commissioning of services needs and has to improve, if we work jointly with our colleagues from local authorities then it would reduce delayed discharge of care. 

If Welsh Government could fund purchases of high quality, robust housing and then let these properties to a commissioned provider, then this would reduce costs of very expensive placements and also help new companies to start these specialist services, as through networking, the purchase of the property is often the deterrent/barrier to people.