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RCN Officer Emma Phillips and RCN Learning and Development Facilitator Gill Coverdale and Trust nursing colleagues took the opportunity to visit a Rotherham primary school and entertain 34 young people to a ‘Nursing as a Career’ workshop.  The pupils enthusiastically took part in an interactive session learning about the profession and what it has to offer.  Using information produced by the RCN Foundation as the basis for a workshop, RCN staff and Registered Nurses from The Rotherham...

Gill Coverdale
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* July 2017, I took retirement aged 65, following 43 years of almost continuous  service with just a 5year break for a baby and being ill with cancer. * My Registration renewal was due on January 2018. I informed the registration and revalidation department that I was not renewing my registration.  * I then received a very short email saying I was off the register, I was not to use my qualification in any capacity that required a registered nurse, I could no longer practice anything...

Angela fowke
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I was recently luck enough to speak at our local Cancer conference around the subject of perceptions of nursing.  For the presentation I chose to look more closely at the topic of perception itself, why do we see things the way we do and how is that perception formed?  It’s a area I’ve spoken about many times before as I find it truly fascinating; the thought that our view of the world can be so different to those around us is both intriguing and also deeply worrying. Who hasn’t left a...

Peter Towns
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I often get asked the question, “Why is the current focus on population health?”  People often mean  different things  when we talk about population health. Put simply , population health means  the health outcomes of a defined group of people, as well as the distribution of health outcomes within the group. This means that health equity – the avoidable differences in health between different parts of the population – is a core part of understanding population health. The health of a...

Kenny Gibson
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According to the study of 2,063 individuals  (Paterson, Goens and Reed 2009 ) , the conditions that erode resilience are working in high-demand jobs with very low influence on their jobs - for example, having little control over their work environment or daily tasks) and lack of social support - for example, lacking supportive colleagues and understanding supervisors.   What are typical high demand jobs? 1. quantitative demands such as consistently having to complete all work tasks...

Kenny Gibson
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In recent months I have been positioning the  "Think Family"  approach to contextual safeguarding - I think it is due to my public health and mental health practitioner backgrounds and my learned believe that all child welfare is impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences, which will be a future reflection.   Since before the Munro Review in 2011 ~  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/munro-review-of-child-protection-final-report-a-child-centred-system  ~ services and practitioners...

Kenny Gibson
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Over recent months I have been working with NHS Horizons team and the nursing and midwifery Ambassadors who are building positive perceptions of the profession. On a recent zoom call, we gathered Ambassadors from across the country and did a “virtual” mini workshop, facilitated by Bev Matthews. This was testing my resilience and staying power as it was working with technology that I’m less comfortable with, easier to do something else, but I stuck with it and I knew I would feel a sense of...

Jude Goddard
by Jude Goddard
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Jude Goddard

My mother was a nurse and as a young child I thought nurses only worked in a hospital, until my mum became a school nurse, then I thought that nurses could either work in a hospital or as a school nurse.  I can only imagine that most of my school friends held the same opinion as me. Now, over thirty years later, there doesn’t seem to be much difference in how school children view the roles of nurses. I have held conversations with some of the children at the primary school I am...

Zoe Carciente
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Joining the NHS as a newly qualified nurse can be a scary time so here’s some advice from one of our senior nurses in Gateshead. Well done. You’ve made it, all your hard work has paid off and you’re finally a registered nurse. It’s time to remove your invisible cloak and don your crisp new uniform with pride. However, the transition from student to fully qualified nurse can be quite daunting and it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous at the prospect. So, to help you stay calm and start...

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Not a blog - but a poem! You see, I am breaking the rules in style!  Narrative This poem is an original piece of work written while I was studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Education at the University of Leeds. The poem was inspired by the sculpture ‘Crawling’ by Sophie Ryder (see the image I attached) and gifted to me by Elaine Powley, Roger Higson and everyone in my Creative Arts Group.    Tell me again where you came from And all the things you have...

Rhian Last
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