Three weeks ago, RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter urged nurses to speak out about their achievements.
He was speaking at the annual RCN Congress for the last time before he steps down on 31 July and his parting words certainly struck a chord if the Twitter reaction is anything to go by. His point wasn’t that nurses need to start showing off but simply that the profession needs to stick up for itself and show the world just how much responsibility, initiative and intelligence the role requires.
But why do nurses need to be told to blow their own trumpets? Is the profession really so shy and retiring?
“But why do nurses need to be told to blow their own trumpets?”
The obvious answer is that no-one goes into nursing for the glory. You might be proud to call yourself a nurse, but while what you’re actually doing may be seen as heroic to others outside the profession, finding a nurse who describes themselves as a hero would be a challenge.
Although I agree with Mr Carter wholeheartedly, I think that we may need to accept that the type of people who choose a selfless career such as nursing, probably aren’t going to be the sort to brag about their achievements.
So how about bragging about someone else’s?
At first glance, the Nursing Times Inspirational Leaders list probably looks pretty insignificant to the majority of our readers. But if you’ve ever felt inspired by a fellow nurse then it couldn’t be more relevant.
There are 50 places on the list and my personal hope is that it will be packed full of frontline nurses leading by example. Everyone you put forward will be discussed by our judges and a decision made on whether they meet the entry criteria.
Being acknowledged as one of the UK’s 50 most inspiring nurse leaders will be a huge boost for your nominee’s career and show them the positive impact that they are having on nursing.
Please, get nominating – let’s make sure this list represents the leaders YOU want acknowledged.