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Nursing is about creating change

 Janet Davies 21 Dec 2017 Chief Executive and General Secretary

Janet Davies urges nursing staff to recognise their power and influence.

Janet at rally
With Christmas fast approaching, I want to thank you for everything you have achieved in 2017.
You should all be proud of the positive contribution you’ve made to the lives of those you care for.
As nursing staff, we each have the power to influence how care is delivered, whether this is in the workplace, in branch meetings, at RCN Congress or through our campaigns.
This year, a particular highlight of mine was the way in which members from across the UK, both in the NHS and independent sectors, rallied in support of our Scrap the Cap campaign.
I was fortunate to attend many Scrap the Cap events and I was inspired by the people I met, your passion and professionalism, and the way in which you won the support of both colleagues and the public.
You showed the same enthusiasm in meetings with MPs and other elected representatives.
The 1% pay cap may be scrapped but our campaigning won’t stop until nursing staff have received a meaningful pay award. It’s important we do not lose the energy built up this summer while we await the new pay offer in spring 2018.
Our safe staffing report, published in September, laid bare the terrible impact that nursing shortages are having on the care you provide. 
The current situation is unsustainable, so next year we will build on the progress made in Wales and, more recently in Scotland, to campaign for UK-wide legislation to guarantee safe and effective staffing.
There are unprecedented changes happening to nurse education and new roles being created which will affect us all. With change comes uncertainty, but, from my experience, it’s better to influence change than let it happen to us.
So I ask you all to recognise your power and influence. Nursing staff at all levels are leading innovative work to improve the way we care for our patients. Let us celebrate this fact and continue our hard work in 2018.
Finally, I hope those of you working over the festive period will have the opportunity to spend time with loved ones.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas.
Janet Davies

Janet Davies

Former RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary

Janet began her nursing career in Manchester and gained experience in acute, mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained experience in leadership, before being RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary from 2015 to August 2018.

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