In the Eastern region, we will see the first of our public-facing events where we talk to ordinary people about the impact of workplaces not having enough nursing staff. If you can help out in Bury St Edmunds on 17 September please get in touch and we can let you know how you can take part.
In the coming months we’ll also be visiting other town centres and arranging meetings with MPs as we continue to get these important messages across. We’ll keep you informed about all the ways you can get involved as events are organised, so watch this space!
To coincide with the launch on 17 September – which is also World Patient Safety Day – we’d love nursing staff or members of the public to share their thoughts on social media. Could you help spread the message with a short video message shared on Facebook, Twitter or whatever your platform of choice may be?
Here are a few ideas:
Film yourself talking about what staff shortages mean to you and to patients.
Film yourself or someone else talking to someone who isn’t a nurse to find out what they know about nurse staffing. For example, do they know that there are 40,000 nursing vacancies across England? Do they know about the impact the loss of the bursary has had on nursing students, or the consequences of not training enough nurses for the future?
Film a colleague talking about safe staffing, maybe posing a question to their local MP - could you tag them in so they respond?
As the NMC makes clear, nursing staff must use social media responsibly so we have put together some tips about how to avoid some of the pitfalls.
If you can spare you a few minutes to make a film, please share it either on 17 September or another time, before or after, if that is more convenient for you. We can always repost it for you. Please make sure you tag in @RCNEastern and @theRCN, and use the hashtag #safestaffingsaveslives.
We’re looking forward to seeing your films!