29 blog posts
  • Graphic of RCN student with fob watch and clipboard Scott Doughty Scott Doughty 30 Sep 2020

    Building resilience through the student experience

    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. 

  • Nursing staff at work Tim Grace Tim Grace 9 Sep 2020

    Nursing staff are facing difficult challenges every day

    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.

  • RCN Northern Board members Janet Mortimer Janet Mortimer 9 Jul 2020

    I never looked back

    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.

  • Lovemore Mahachi, RCN Northern Board member Lovemore Mahachi Lovemore Mahachi 29 Jun 2020

    Speaking up for others

    As well as being on the RCN Northern Region Board I’m an RCN steward. I really enjoy it. 

  • RCN Independent Governance Review 2020 Dr Annessa Rebair Dr Annessa Rebair 17 Jun 2020

    Hearing our members' voices

    I have an important message for you all. 

  • RCN Students Committee Northern region member Scott Doughty Scott Doughty Scott Doughty 15 May 2020

    These are tough times and they will end

    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.

  • Scott Doughty, RCN Students Committee Northern member 2020 Scott Doughty Scott Doughty 30 Jan 2020

    We are borderline miracle workers because of the pressure we work under

    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.

  • Retired nurses' group on their tenth anniversary 2019 Cate Woolley-Brown Cate Woolley-Brown 18 Oct 2019

    Retired Nurses' Group marks its first decade

    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. 

  • Lead, Govern, Inspire - RCN Northern Governance logo Trevor Peel Trevor Peel 1 Jul 2019

    Why you should consider standing for RCN Council

    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.

  • Ben Hood, Senior Reseacher, Cancer Research UK, Newcastle Ben Hood Ben Hood 14 Jun 2019

    It’s taken a lot of work but I’m proud of what we’ve achieved

    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.