30 blog posts
  • 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. 

  • Jemma James, RCN Northern region student, at Westminster to lobby MPs on student funding Jemma James Jemma James 1 Mar 2019

    There's no way I could have done this course without a bursary

    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. 

  • Two nurses on an acute ward looking at patient notes Glenn Turp Glenn Turp 22 Feb 2019

    Staffing for safe and effective care

    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. 

  • Lisa Tomlinson, North Tees Hospital TNA in the second Teesside University cohort Lisa Tomlinson Lisa Tomlinson 21 Feb 2019

    In another year's time I'll be on the register - it's so surreal

    I’m in the second ever cohort of trainee nursing associates (TNAs) at Teesside University and am due to graduate in 2020.

  • RCN Committees picture Claire Reynolds Claire Reynolds 19 Feb 2019

    The importance of local intelligence to help inform national support

    The issues we all face are often reflected in other parts of the UK and if you let your regional representative who sits on the RCN's national committees know what issues you experience, this helps us to develop effective action plans to support members and representatives.