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.
I've just been appointed to represent the Northern region on the RCN Professional Nursing Committee.
Northern region held its Staffing for Safe and Effective Care collaborative event earlier this month with members and activists travelling from all corners of Cumbria, Northumberland, Teesside and Tyne and Wear to get involved and make a difference.
I qualified as a registered learning disability nurse (RNLD) in September 2015 at the age of 40. Life begins then they say... and it certainly does.
I was part of the last cohort to benefit from an NHS bursary. I started in March 2016 and I should get my PIN in April 2019. My first degree was in anthropology at Durham and I’ve stayed around these parts for the last 17 years.
Safe staffing means having enough nursing staff with the right skills and knowledge, in the right place, at the right time. Without safe staffing levels in place, nursing staff are struggling to provide patients with the safe and effective care which patients deserve and this also puts nursing staff at risk.