As champions of person-centred care, we as nurses work hard to uphold the RCN Principles of Nursing Practice and ensure people are at the centre of decision-making processes about them and their care. Continue reading
I recently celebrated my birthday. It may not have been a ‘big birthday’ but it was still a birthday, and within the space of 24 hours I moved from one marketing/lifestyle bracket to another. I recently celebrated my birthday. It may not have been a ‘big birthday’ but it was still a birthday, and within the space of 24 hours I moved from one marketing/lifestyle bracket to another. Continue reading
Monday October 13 2014 will go down in history as the first time Royal College of Midwives (RCM) members went on strike. As both the chief executive and a member myself, I have never been prouder of the RCM and every single member. We were loud, we were bright, we were colourful and we made our voices heard. Continue reading
Since becoming chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), it has been an ambition to gain some understanding of what it is like to deliver care as a nurse or midwife in the UK. Experiencing the demands of delivering patient care in the community was an ambition fulfilled last week when I shadowed Parveen, a District Nurse at Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in London.
When I received an email invitation from the Prime Minster to attend a celebration of nurses, carers and healthcare professionals, I thought for a minute it could be a hoax. Then I started seeing tweets from nursing colleagues about the same invite so I realised it clearly wasn’t. Continue reading
Last month, a report by the Howard League for Penal Reform on coercive sex in prison highlighted that sexual assaults in prison are hidden and underreported. Nurses are often seen as helpful and approachable by prisoners in comparison to discipline staff and are in a key position to spot signs… Continue reading
On September 29th, for the first time in our 133-year history, Royal College of Midwives members voted ‘yes’ to take industrial action over pay in the NHS. This is not a step that the college or our members have taken lightly. Continue reading
In February, I was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime when I was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. This enabled me to visit the United States and Australia to conduct research into improving communication training and compassionate care using arts-based methods. Continue reading