The Royal College of Nursing must use its retired representatives rather than wasting their experience, its annual congress was told yesterday.
The RCN North West London Outer branch submitted a resolution urging the college to use the “proven talents of retired RCN accredited representatives”, with echoes of the wider debate on the UK’s ageing society.
During a subsequent debate on the resolution, Dougie Lockhart, a well-known and now retired RCN representative from Scotland, said “use us or lose us”.
Meanwhile, congress favourite 80-year-old RCN member Ellen Cullen said she may have a “dodgy ticker”, be deaf and have a “broken nose” – but she had got a “mine of experience” in her head.
The resolution was voted in favour of by 95.88% of members at the conference, with only 4.12% against.