RCN Valuing Nursing Week

Nicky Hughes 16 Feb 2021

Nicky Hughes, Associate Director of Nursing (Employment Relations), RCN Wales, talks about the RCN Valuing Nursing Week, which runs from 15 - 19 February 2021

We would love for you to join us for our ‘Valuing Nursing Week’ where we invite you to a series of sessions run each evening at 8pm. The schedule is as follows and further information can be found at the Valuing You event page

  • Tuesday 16 February: Caring for you - supporting mental health wellbeing
  • Wednesday 17 February: Counting the cost of care – financial wellbeing
  • Thursday 18 February: Are you being paid enough? Are you on the right pay band?
  • Friday 19 February: Sharing your lived experience

Some sessions are interactive whist others are videos you can watch. Visit the Valuing You event page at 8pm on the day of the event(s) where a join link will be available.

Now more than ever we need to be shouting about the unique contribution that Nurses, Nursing Support workers and students make for citizens in Wales and the highly complex and professional care we provide. Although COVID-19 has shone a light on the profession it has to be acknowledged that this is nothing new and nurses have always and continue to step up and put their patients first, sometimes at a detriment to themselves.

We need the Government to acknowledge that contribution, particularly how nurses have stepped up in the pandemic and the personal sacrifices you have made - not least the effects on your physical and mental health and wellbeing. 

Nurses need to be shown they are valued, especially now. Part of that is by providing the right staffing levels and skill mix to enable safe patient care, but also ensuring workplaces are compassionate and supportive to staff and offer flexible ways of working.

It is also about ‘Fair pay for nursing’ and that is why the RCN is calling for a 12.5% pay rise for all nurses no matter what their band or increment.

We are asking that you join with us in keeping this message alive and the nursing voice heard. You, our members, are telling us that you are tired, burnt out and have little left to give. So, we don’t expect that everyone can jump behind our campaign and spend hours canvassing support. However, there are small things you can do to get involved – whether that be talking with peers you are working with, putting up a poster, retweeting a message or sharing a Facebook post. To coin a phrase ‘every little helps’

It is really important that we look after our own health and well being and encourage our peers to do the same. We have to support each other to ensure we have time out in a shift to rest but also to refuel and rehydrate and that we take some ‘Me time’ where we are kind to ourselves whether that be a long soak in the bath or some mindfulness.

You can find resources to support you on our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and your mental wellbeing and Further sources of support during COVID-19 pages.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts on our pay campaign. You can tweet me – @nichughes1 – or email CommunicationsWales@rcn.org.uk

Take care and stay safe


Nicky Hughes

Associate Director of Nursing (Employment Relations) RCN Wales

Nicky has 30 years experience of working in the NHS in the specialities of inpatient acute medicine and the community setting, where she managed frontline services such as District Nursing, Prison Nursing, and those caring for the homeless and asylum seekers. In addition she commissioned care from the nursing home sector.

Page last updated - 16/02/2021