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.
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.
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.
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.
The government recently relaxed the lockdown rules and we are now allowed as much out outdoor exercise as we want.
Visiting Bristol’s Nightingale Hospital was an experience I won’t forget easily.
A simple act of kindness can really make someone’s day. This was demonstrated to me recently.
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.
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.
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.