55 blog posts
  • Florence Nightingale Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 2 Jun 2020

    International Nurses' Day in spite of the challenges

    It is sad that so many of the planned celebrations for International Nurses’ Day had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, many of us, across the region, celebrated in our own way within the current restrictions. I also believe that nursing is not about one day, but every day, and we can celebrate again when the crisis is over. 

  • Nairobi cityscape Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 2 Jun 2020

    The race factor

    I grew up in the wonderful city of Nairobi Kenya. Nairobi means ‘the place of cool waters’ but the city is also known as the ‘Green City in the Sun’ because of its climate and pollution-free, green environment.

  • Safe staffing campaign Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 29 May 2020

    Diversity in nursing

    Just the other day we celebrated the international year of the nurse. A lot of people took to social media on Nurses’ Day (12 May) to post their appreciation of the nursing community. The day reminded us that the nursing profession’s scope stretches far beyond anyone’s imagination while always retaining the core function of caring for those most vulnerable in our society.

  • Hands holding each other Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 20 May 2020

    Mental Health Awareness Week

    The government recently relaxed the lockdown rules and we are now allowed as much out outdoor exercise as we want. 

  • NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 14 May 2020

    My visit to the Nightingale Hospital in Bristol

    Visiting Bristol’s Nightingale Hospital was an experience I won’t forget easily.

  • Shopping trolley COVID-19 Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 5 May 2020

    Acts of kindness

    A simple act of kindness can really make someone’s day. This was demonstrated to me recently. 

  • Goeffrey Walker, RCN Council member for the South West Region Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 28 Apr 2020

    RCN Council meeting in spite of COVID-19

    RCN Council met virtually by Skype on the 21 April. The meeting lasted all day and we discussed the many serious issues facing nursing at the moment, not least the COVID-19 outbreak. 

  • RCN South West Regional Director Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 22 Apr 2020

    Caring for each other

    As a career nurse working from home has never been a norm and in my relatively new role as Regional Director of the RCN in the South West region, I was only doing so occasionally but with the pandemic advice staying at home is what I and my team have had to do – maintaining our service to members from our homes across the region.

  • International Infection Prevention Week 2018 Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 17 Apr 2020

    Building resilience in difficult times

    As we continue to live with COVID-19 and its impact on every aspect of our lives I thought it would be good to take a moment to consider our personal resilience. This period represents the toughest challenge of a generation, particularly for our profession, but despite demand, we cannot work around the clock. The new environment we find ourselves working in is beyond anything we could have imagined just a few short weeks ago, whether we are in primary or secondary care, private, home or nursing home care settings. 

  • Woman's face with a black eye Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 16 Apr 2020

    Behind closed doors

    Over the weekend, and in line with the UK government’s guidance to take one form of exercise out of the home a day, I decided to take a walk. I was also keen to get to know my neighbourhood better while I have the chance.