I am sure we can think of so many people this year who have done something large or small that has helped us get through what has been one of the most challenging times ever. I want to take this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU to each and every one of you whatever role you undertake and in whatever setting for the care, compassion dedication and commitment you always show to your patients and the nursing profession particularly during the pandemic.
You may remember in a previous blog that to mark what would have been our Nurse of the Year Awards in 2020 RCN Wales has worked on a collaboration with Only Boys Aloud and Sophie Evans to record a special thank you song. I thought it would be apt to share this again.
Have a listen and watch the video (tissues may be required!)
On another note - I have high hopes for 2021 – we now have a light at the end of the tunnel with 3 vaccines coming online and the thought that at some point this madness might ease. I stayed up on new years eve to ensure that I saw out 2020 and as I watched the firework display from London my thoughts were with you – colleagues, peers and members who continue to step up every day even though you are exhausted, burnt out and close to breaking point. As yet though, 2021 is unrelenting and cases of COVID-19 are soaring – please hang on in there you are doing an amazing job!
I can assure you that RCN Wales has and will continue to lobby Welsh Government and Employers on your behalf to ensure that you are fully supported and that your Health and safety is of paramount importance – this ultimately means safe patient care also.
Please make sure you look after yourselves – how many times do we put our patients first at a detriment to our own health and wellbeing. It is important to give ourselves permission to take time out during our shift to have a rest and make sure we have adequate food and hydration. In addition, taking time off between shifts is imperative to ensure we give ourselves time to relax and refresh – I know this is particularly difficult at the moment with everyone being asked to do extra shifts but sometimes we have to listen to what our body and mind is telling us.
Here is some information to help with your mental health and wellbeing during this horrible pandemic: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and your mental wellbeing
For International Thank You Day - I would be interested to hear about the feedback you are getting from colleagues’, patients and their families who are saying thank you for what you do. You can tweet me – @nichughes1 – or email CommunicationsWales@rcn.org.uk.