Read the latest opinions from the RCN in Scotland
16 Sep 2021
Today is World Patient Safety Day. The last 18 months have shone a spotlight on the safety critical role of the nursing profession like never before. They have also added untold pressure to nursing staff as they do their upmost to keep patients and residents safe, providing the best care possible in challenging circumstances – often to the detriment of their own mental and physical wellbeing.
13 Sep 2021
The creation of a National Care Service will be one of the biggest reforms of the sector for decades, but care home nursing has already shown itself to be capable of adapting to change.
11 Aug 2021
'Wherever we are in the UK, it is important that we show our collective strength publicly', says Julie Lamberth.
11 Jul 2021
Current levels of pay do not encourage our experienced nursing staff to stay or recognise the safety critical role of our profession.
3 Jun 2021
In 2019 we celebrated the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act being passed by the Scottish Parliament. I recall how proud I felt, sitting in the Parliament for the final debate, as the role our campaigning had in shaping this legislation – the first in the UK to set out requirements for safe staffing across both health and care services – was recognised.
6 May 2021
In a joint blog Dr David Shackles Joint Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland and RCN Scotland Director Susan Aitkenhead reflect on the hugely important but all-too-often undervalued role of GP nursing.
4 May 2021
Nursing is undoubtedly firmly on the political agenda, judging by the commitments in the political parties’ election manifestos published in the past few weeks.
28 Apr 2021
With the close of the consultative ballot on the NHS pay offer in Scotland only days away, the Scottish election date looming and the RCN embarking on a new approach to organising, Julie Lamberth says RCN members need to take advantage of opportunities to make a real impact for themselves and their patients.
14 Apr 2021
As Scotland progresses along the route-map for easing COVID-19 restrictions, focus on the remobilisation and recovery of health and care services is increasing.
1 Apr 2021
It was well recognised that the health and social care workforce was struggling with workforce shortages long before the Covid-19 pandemic.
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