RCN statement regarding fit-testing for respiratory masks in HSC
RCN Northern Ireland Director Pat Cullen tells the Assembly’s Committee for Health that safe staffing must remain a priority.
Commenting in response to today’s publication of a strategic framework for rebuilding HSC services, Pat Cullen, Director of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Northern Ireland said:
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Northern Ireland has collaborated with the Florence Nightingale Foundation, Department of Health and a number of other nursing and midwifery organisations to produce an exhibition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and the contribution of nursing and midwifery in Northern Ireland.
Half of nursing staff, including those working in in the most high-risk environments, have felt pressure to carry out their work without the levels of protection set out in official guidance, the RCN can reveal. High-risk environments include areas where patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 were being treated on ventilators.
The RCN in Northern Ireland has launched a significant project to capture the stories and lived experiences of nurses and nursing assistants as they face the challenge of COVID-19.
The RCN in Northern Ireland has written to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to demand their intervention in ensuring the sufficient supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for nursing staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nursing staff have voted to accept an offer made in response to their historic strike action.
RCN consults members on pay parity with the NHS in England and safe staffing.
Professor Jean Orr CBE passed away suddenly on 11 January.
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