As the year draws to a close, I think we can all say it has not been the year we imagined it would be. To say it has been tough is an understatement. 2020 was the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and it really was the year of all nursing staff. You have stepped out of your comfort zones and worked in extremely stressful and demanding situations. You and I already knew your value, your skills, your knowledge and commitment to patient care, but nursing through the pandemic has highlighted it further to the public.
You need and deserve a fair and significant pay rise. Not a ‘COVID-bonus’ but recognition of the skill and complexity of the many roles you and your colleagues do day in, day out. That’s why I urge you to support the next phase of the #FairPayForNursing campaign and sign the petition demanding fair pay. Already signed it? Tell your colleagues, friends and family to sign too.
Whether you are working or not over the Christmas period, I hope you have a chance to have a restful break and take some time to look after yourselves. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a good start to 2021.