25 blog posts
  • 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.

  • Young hands holding an old lady's hands Jemma James Jemma James 15 May 2019

    A good nurse in a care home makes a vast amount of difference, so we desperately need them.

    RCNi Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award Finalist Jemma James is on a mission to promote the benefits of older people’s nursing.

  • Graphic of RCN student with fob watch and clipboard Michaela Stewart Michaela Stewart 2 May 2019

    You’re constantly testing your ability

    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.

  • Professional Nursing Committee Tim Grace Tim Grace 17 Apr 2019

    Mental health is everybody’s business, and affects nurses and patients alike

    I've just been appointed to represent the Northern region on the RCN Professional Nursing Committee.

  • Safe staffing campaign Denise McLaughlin Denise McLaughlin 9 Apr 2019

    Staffing for Safe and Effective Care collaborative event in RCN Northern

    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.

  • Nadine Short, RCN Board member Nadine Short Nadine Short 22 Mar 2019

    Together we can help reduce the inequality gap

    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.