Read Glenn Turp's seasonal message to members in Yorkshire and Humber and Northern regions.
I recently had a call from my local MP, Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South.
I’m on the Nursing Support Workers Committee of the RCN and I get a lot out of being an RCN member. I don’t think many HCAs and APs, TNAs and NAs realise that the RCN isn’t just for nurses. Although the College is about the whole nursing team, not enough people know that.
It’s been a busy time for students, and it certainly has for me with my role as student committee member representing the Northern region.
In these unprecedented and challenging times when nurses are facing difficult challenges every day, when the talk seems to be about returning to a ‘new normal’ it is especially important that we all receive the right support in our work and practice, and a network of colleagues facing similar challenges can really help.
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.
I have an important message for you all.
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.