All of these stories have been submitted voluntarily by RCN members in Northern Ireland. Some of them highlight the impact of the declining real value of pay on the nurse’s family and personal life. Others illustrate how rising pension contributions have eroded or even eliminated any uplift from recent pay awards. In some cases, the stories demonstrate a real sense of despair, disillusionment and feeling devalued, with members stating that they are actively looking to leave Northern Ireland or even to give up nursing entirely.
Facts and figures tell part of the story of nursing pay inequality in Northern Ireland but these members’ stories place them in a personal context and highlight the human cost of the way nurses feel about the ways in which they are treated here. If you would like to share your story, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The RCN will check that you are happy with the edited text and guarantees your anonymity.
RCN UK Stewards Committee