As 2019 is coming to its end all of us across the branch and country whether in NHS, private or independent sector will know this has been a year of exciting opportunities, developments and challenges with more to come. The RCN, supported by its officers, its branches and most importantly its members continues to shape the health and social care landscape. The Staffing for Safe and Effective Care campaign will be an important voice for the new UK Government to listen to.
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, or even touched; they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller
I have been a member of the RCN for all of my nursing career. However until some workplace issues arose in 2015, I had never really played an active role in the work of the RCN. By the autumn of 2016, I was so inspired, I had completed my RCN steward training and was an accredited representative.
I really like this quote: "If people are trying to bring you down, it only means one thing: you are already above them'.
It will be an absolute honour to serve the South West for the next four years.
"Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better." - Florence Nightingale 1820 - 1910
Congress 2019 was a busy and very interesting time for the RCN and all delegates who attended especially from our region. I hope you had the opportunity to read my Congress daily blogs highlighting the key issues and also my live tweets from the Congress floor. Congress provided an opportunity for everyone to look at key issues affecting nursing today and the chance for members to have their say.
The rural health care debate was impassioned and hard hitting, Jodie Ashford, one of our Devon students and Martin Tuckett, also from Devon, spoke to the resolution from personal experience.
I have had the great fortune to have been funded to attend Congress for the last four years as I have held a variety of elected positions in the RCN. I am currently the Chair of RCN Plymouth Branch, so this year I decided to self-fund my attendance to enable more branch members to attend this fantastic event and, I hope, get the RCN Congress bug.
Wednesday was another busy action-packed day here at RCN Congress and I cannot start without saying what stars the South West delegates have been. Each and every one has engaged and so many have spoken to or presented agenda items.