Using my voice to make a positive contribution for nursing staff in the RCN Eastern Region

 Michael Oyeleye 30 Jun 2020 Eastern

A few years ago, I decided to be part of a worthy nursing family and I chose the RCN. As part of this family, I felt that my voice must be heard contributing positively and so I became involved in the governance of RCN activity in the region.

I nominated myself and became an RCN Eastern board member, driven by passion for the value of membership.

Being a board member involves deliberation on key issues and factors affecting members regionally and even nationally. We look at regional activity, events and funding, review consultation documents from RCN Council and give feedback and comment on RCN Congress and conferences to ensure members’ opinions matter in the region.

We network with RCN branches and govern their activities through direct links to their executives. We meet as a board four times a year and also meet with branch executives and Council once a year. It is an interesting role as you meet and speak with lots of people with a diverse experience of life and work.

While this form of union activity does not attract a salary, expenses such as mileage, travel tickets and accommodation are paid for as required. By attending meetings you receive the benefit of networking with other members from across the region and the country. Training opportunities are also available and you get the chance to have your voice heard and feel that it matters.

I would encourage any member who feels this opportunity would benefit them to nominate themselves to join the RCN Eastern board and help make a difference for nursing staff across the region. We look forward to new members bringing their voices to the table by joining this enthusiastic and committed board.

Find out more about joining the regional board and details of how to nominate yourself by visiting the website.

Photo Michael Oyeleye

Michael Oyeleye

RCN safety rep and steward, RCN Eastern Board Member and RCN Bedfordshire Branch Chair

Registered nurse Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS FoundationTrust

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