In addition, there are thousands of nursing assistants and health care assistants working across the health and social care system, in hospitals, health centres, nursing homes and many other practice settings. Finally, of course, there are also several thousand nursing students here in Northern Ireland.
With politicians in 18 constituencies across Northern Ireland competing to be elected to the Assembly on 5 May 2022, this means that there is an average of well over 1,000 nursing staff in each constituency. Their votes will be crucial in determining whether or not a particular candidate is elected. In this way, the voice of nursing will directly shape the composition of the next Assembly.
That is why the RCN is encouraging each and every member to make sure that they use their voice during this election and cast their vote on polling day. That is how we can make sure that politicians listen to what nursing staff are saying. More importantly, it is how we can make sure that they act upon what nurses are telling them, deliver on the RCN’s election priorities, and start to build a health and social care system that meets the needs of the people of Northern Ireland. So, please make sure that you get involved in the RCN campaign and make sure that use your vote on 5 May 2022.