2020 started with such promise for nurses and nursing, we were planning to celebrate the work that we do in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The opportunity to show the world the way we as a profession contribute to everyone’s everyday life. It was planned to be a joyous showcase of how nursing contributes to the world.
South East Board Chair Ged Swinton explains why he is committed to the #FairPayForNursing campaign.
Not much will keep me away from the beach on a hot summer’s day, but this Saturday’s protest march for justice for NHS pay in Brighton was one such event. I am incensed that nurses – who have worked for years in the most challenging of conditions with inadequate staffing levels, and who have in recent months been publicly lauded for our dedication, commitment and care – have still not been recognised with the pay we deserve. Nothing was going to stop me making some noise.
Twiddling my thumbs on a Sunday night, I wondered how I would spend the wet week ahead that I had booked off to attend RCN Congress. It was postponed months ago, added to the ever growing Covid-Casualty list of fractured plans and disappointments. I had been so looking forward to the thrill of Congress; meeting activists, fiery debates, innovative fringe activities and catching up with friends. Most of all, I needed a dose of that intoxicating buzz for Nursing, that Congress ignites.
Covid has been a significant challenge across the globe as Chair of the South East regional board I have suspended my ANP training and returned to my first discipline of critical care to help in the covid response for critical care beds.
As we pass six weeks of social distancing, nursing continues to rise to the challenges the pandemic throws at the South East. The challenges are different in different sectors, specialities, roles and workplaces and are evolving as each day passes.
What a difference a month makes! This is not the blog I was hoping and expecting to write but in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are a number of issues - mainly around information and misinformation - that I think it is important to cover here.
February update from the South East Council Member Jeremy Benton.
An update from the South East Council Member Jeremy Benton.
Recently appointed RCN Independent Sector Lead Dolores McCormick on her new role.