I’m coming to the end of my second term on the board. I came to it through being a rep and a branch executive committee member. I was a quiet, shy person before getting involved with the RCN, but my rep experience gave me the confidence to speak out and ask questions, feeling safe knowing I had support behind me.
As well as being on the RCN Northern Region Board I’m an RCN steward. I really enjoy it.
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I’ve been shielding for eight weeks now. As an ex-HCA and a second-year nursing student with severe allergic brittle asthma it’s very frustrating not being able to go out or help with this crisis but I know I have no choice about that.
I’m the new RCN Student Committee member representing students in the North East and Cumbria. I like challenging the status quo and speaking up for people which is why I wanted to be the voice of northern students in the organisation.
We celebrated ten years of the retired nurses’ group at our last meeting on 14 October. It feels more like the blink of an eye, but it’s been a whole decade! One of our male members baked and iced a rather fetching fruitcake to mark the occasion.
This is my fourth and final year in my current position as RCN Council member and I’m not standing again so I’m keen we find the perfect replacement.
Shortlisted for the RCNi Nurse Awards in the Cancer Research category, Ben Hood, a senior research nurse for Cancer Research UK based in Newcastle writes about his work to co-produce patient-friendly inclusive information resources for future clinical trials patients. The resources will help patients of all ages for whom there are no effective standard of care treatments remaining and who have therefore been offered the opportunity to participate in an early phase cancer research trial. Ben has led work on a booklet and mobile-accessible website, with plans for an app.
RCNi Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award Finalist Jemma James is on a mission to promote the benefits of older people’s nursing.
I didn’t always want to be a nurse. I was doing a degree in politics and international relations at Westminster, and part-way through I volunteered with St John Ambulance. I realised then that I got a lot more satisfaction out of helping people medically than by potentially representing them in Parliament. Nursing is an honest, helpful profession and that’s what appealed to me about it.