I am not a person who will walk away from a challenge or walk away when a job is only half done.
As your council member since 2016, and Chair of Council since January of this year,
I believe a changes in the way the RCN is governed and led began before the EGM, particularly with the establishment of two new and important member committees - the Trade Union and Professional Nurse Committees.
Whilst these are still fledgling they are your committees – 28 directly elected members from across the four countries that have a clear voice, adding your voice - giving their views, guidance and pushing forward the matters you believe are important.
The EGM made it clear there is much more to do on a number of areas:
• More genuine listening
• More involvement for members in setting our direction and priorities
• More member involvement in key decisions that impact on you and your jobs
• More opportunities for HCAs to join and play a part in the college
• More campaigning for safe and effective staffing levels
• More support for you in your workplace when you need it.
These are my promises to you to continue take forward in 2019
During my time as Chair of Council I have had to take some tough decisions regarding how the College was being led and managed. I did not shy away from this at all and took decisive action:
• To repair damage done to our credibility and
• To focus activity and plans for connecting with members to build further trust throughout all our membership
• Made changes made to the RCNs Executive
• and started the process for more changes that follow these
But what is really important to me as a member is my desire to:
• Make sure the RCN is the strongest voice for nursing throughout the 4-countries, and indeed in the EU and Internationally - especially in the Commonwealth
• Make sure our voice is heard, respected and acted upon
• Make sure our voice is the voice of ALL not just a few and that this voice speaks for nurses, students, HCAs and ALL our membership with equal passion
• Make sure especially that we hear, respond and act on member complaints, concerns and your suggestions
• Make sure our voice reflects you and our rich diversity
• Make sure our voice is equally loud as a Trade Union and as a Professional body.
To finish the work I have already begun on all of these priorities, with the experience and knowledge of this year especially. I now know very clearly what has to be done to deliver these and the ERS recommendations. More importantly with a clear vision of how Council can do this, alongside the priorities members have requested.
This is why I am seeking your vote, to be your voice to work on Council to deliver on these challenging issues.