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Council Hustings Maria Trewern

 Maria Trewern 20 Nov 2018

South East council hustings - candidate statement from Maria Trewern

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.

Maria Trewern

Maria Trewern

South East Council Candidate

Maria is standing for the South East Council seat in the current round of elections,

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