Learning disability nurses are a pretty vocal bunch. They have to be. Often regarded as the Cinderellas of the profession, they have learnt to stand up for their service users and themselves. And they’re pretty good at it.
National workforce planning is the most important item on anyone’s agenda at the moment. In fact, it is pretty much the only item on the agenda that anyone should be talking about.
May is always a busy time for Nursing Times. There is RCN congress and, at the start of the month, a flurry of requests for us to speak at trusts’ International Nurses Day celebrations.
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There have been many times – nurse Isabel Amaro in the Bawa-Garba case is the most recent example – when nurses have berated their profession for not standing together and not standing up for each other when the chips are down.
The days of nurses being a handmaiden to doctors are long gone. That role would be almost unrecognisable to nurses graduating now.
The NHS has a tendency to divide people’s opinion. Write about an issue to do with our health service, especially on social media, and you get a lot of debate and often much disagreement.
On the way home from an appointment a few weeks ago, I turned the radio on, and heard actor Helen Mirren being interviewed. She was talking about the importance of self-worth. She was suggesting it was often in short supply for young people these days as they felt the value they contributed was not enough.
You literally could not make up what is happening in nursing and nurse education right now.
Are you prepared to give up a day of your holiday in return for a 6.5% pay increase over three years?
You’d expect nurses to be the most liberal, compassionate and empathetic of colleagues, and I am sure many are.