63 blog posts
  • COVID vaccination by Louise Cahill at a mass vaccination centre Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 12 Apr 2021

    Done and dusted: my vaccination as a needle-averse nurse

    I have never been a fan of needles and I used to avoid them at any cost. This is quite an irony given the number of injections I have given to others in my nursing roles.

  • Two female staff nurses organising medicines on an acute ward - one black, one white Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 23 Feb 2021

    Is enough being done to address racism in health care?

    One unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to highlight deep, structural and systemic inequalities in our society. The stark fact is that black, Asian and minority ethnic people are more likely to suffer serious health consequences and die from this new virus.

  • Geoffrey Walker, Matron at Poole Hospital, South West member of RCN Council and Chair of RCN Dorset Branch Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 16 Feb 2021

    A day in the life of me

    I am always interested to know about other people’s lives so thought I would start by telling you about mine.

  • Geoffrey Walker post-eye surgery Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 22 Jan 2021

    Being on the other side

    I had a cataract developing in my right eye for quite some time, over the Christmas I suddenly became blind in my right eye - a very frightening and nerve-racking experience.

  • Houses of Parliament Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 22 Jan 2021

    Council update and meeting with Devon MPs

    COVID-19 is very high on RCN Council’s agenda and we are constantly working to hold those in power to account to ensure that the vaccination programme is available to our members. We are also focused on both our safe and effective staffing campaign and our campaign for fair pay for nursing.  At this time both campaigns are more important than ever.

  • Nursing Support Workers' Day Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 23 Nov 2020

    Happy Nursing Support Workers' Day

    This is a message to all our nursing support worker colleagues.  Whether your job title is health care assistant, health care support worker, mental health support worker, assistant practitioner, nursing associate, trainee nursing associate; whether you work in the acute, primary, social or community sectors; whether you work in adult, children, learning disability or mental health; whether you work in the NHS, at a GP practice, in the  charity or independent sector – I see you and we celebrate your contribution to the health of our communities.

  • Nursing Support Workers' Day Lindsay Cardwell Lindsay Cardwell 19 Nov 2020

    Nursing support workers bring so much value to the team

    We’re looking forward to our first ever Nursing Support Workers’ Day on 23 November. On behalf of the College as Chair of the Nursing Support Worker Committee I would like to thank all nursing support workers for what you do.

  • Paulette Nuttall, Head of Adult Safeguarding, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Paulette Nuttall Paulette Nuttall 10 Nov 2020

    Resilience, resolve and racism

    An open and honest personal reflection from Paulette Nuttall, CCG Head of Adult Safeguarding, on her family history as part of the Windrush generation and her experience of racism in her career. 

  • Nursing Support Workers' Day Lindsay Cardwell Lindsay Cardwell 28 Oct 2020

    Nursing Support Workers Committee meeting key messages

    We recently held a meeting of the Nursing Support Workers Committee and I'd like to share our key messages with you. We represent the RCN’s health care assistants, assistant practitioners, trainee nursing associates, nursing associates and nursing apprentices.

  • Graphic of RCN student with fob watch and clipboard Lucia Assirati Lucia Assirati 14 Oct 2020

    Introducing Lucia Assirati - your new RCN Student Committee South West member

    I’ve recently been elected to the South West seat on the RCN Students Committee. I was really excited when I heard that I’d won. It feels good to have this opportunity.