73 blog posts
  • Goeffrey Walker, RCN Council member for the South West Region Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 5 Aug 2020

    An update from your RCN Council member following July's Council meeting

    We had a full day’s full RCN Council meeting via Microsoft Teams on  22 July. As you can imagine there were some key issues that we needed to address, not least the pay negotiations for 2021/2022.

  • Image of a pay slip Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 5 Aug 2020

    Value should be rewarded

    A friend of mine recently celebrated a significant birthday. She is a kind, compassionate person who is friend to many and asks little of us, her friends, in return.

  • Mask on trolly Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 22 Jul 2020

    Speak out and be heard

    As lockdown measures continue to ease up, the Government has provided further guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In addition to the social distancing guidelines we are all now used to, from the 24 July, it will be compulsory to wear a face covering when shopping.

  • NHS lanyards Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 8 Jul 2020

    Happy birthday NHS

    Time has flown so fast that it seems only the other day that we celebrated the 70th birthday of the NHS. The memories of that momentous occasion still linger for me.

  • Social distancing Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 2 Jul 2020

    Getting back to normal

    Christmas last year seemed no different from any other Christmas. I especially looked forward to the excitement of spending some quality time with family. Amid all the camaraderie however, a perturbing note ran through the celebrations.

  • Nettie Jones (Chair of the RCN South West Board), Geoffrey Walker (RCN Council South West member), Susan Masters (then South West Regional Director), Professor Anne Marie Rafferty (RCN President) and Richard Jones (Vice Chair of RCN Council) Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 21 Jun 2020

    An update from your Council member

    There is so much happening at the moment as well as the challenges presented by COVID-19 and please ensure you read our updates on the RCN website. It is important that we all keep safe at this time and are given the correct PPE in our work places; if you have any concerns do not hesitate to let the RCN know through our regional office.

  • Learning disability nursing Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 18 Jun 2020

    Learning Disability Week

    As we celebrate Learning Disability Week I remember some work I did several years ago. I was working as a public health practitioner and part of the role was to support and deliver programmes to survivors of domestic abuse. 

  • Tommy Whitelaw from Dementia Carer Voices and his mother, who he cared for Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 10 Jun 2020

    Caring for carers

    This week is Carers' Week and so I have pondered on the role so many of us play in our caring responsibilities outside of our work.

  • 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.

  • 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.