Royal College of Nursing

Jeremy Hunt Defends Mental Health Plans By Saying 'Look At Our Track Record'

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK

Jeremy Hunt has defended an NHS expansion plan for mental health services against accusations it doesn’t go far enough by highlighting the Tories’...

Nurses Are Still Paying The Price

Josie Irwin | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Politics
Josie Irwin

The most worrying thing about the NMC's figures is that they are not a surprise; if anything they have been expected for quite some time. With pay miles behind inflation, working conditions at rock bottom and pressures only rising there's no longer a need to question of why nurses are leaving. What we need to do is work out what can be done to keep them.

EU Nurse Explains Why They're Ditching The NHS Thanks To Brexit

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK

An EU nurse has said Britain is making him and others feel unwelcome, after a 96% drop in the number of EU nurses coming to work in the UK since the B...

Should Nurses Go On Strike?

Fran Springfield | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Politics
Fran Springfield

All I know, is that when nurses are protesting - I will join them. Both as a patient and a nurse.

Labour Pledges Extra £37bn For NHS If It Wins The General Election

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Politics

Labour will put £37bn extra into the NHS by the end of the next Parliament if it wins the election, tackling waiting times, cyber security, cancer tr...

Thousands Of Nurses Could Go On Strike In Dispute Over Pay

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK

Thousands of nurses could go on strike in a dispute over pay, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said. The threat of industrial action comes in pr...

Saving The World, One Patient At A Time

Janet Davies | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Janet Davies

Tales of superhuman strength, commitment and compassion have come in from far and wide. What we've found is that it's not the moments of great drama that people remember as much as the quiet moments of support, the kind words that help them to be brave.

All Parties Need To Step Up For The NHS

Janet Davies | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Politics
Janet Davies

Whichever political party triumphs in June, it is time to stop taking nursing staff for granted and start to appreciate the incredible work they do. The RCN is calling on all parties to step up and commit to the long-term funding that patients and services need.

The NHS 'Should Be Cherished'

Janet Davies | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Janet Davies

Since the Government announced the withdrawal of student funding for would-be nurses last year, we are already hearing of a 20% drop in applications for graduate nursing courses. And the 1% pay cap on salaries is not helping to encourage people into nursing and is making existing nurses reconsider whether they can even afford to continue. If the NHS wants to achieve a clean bill of health, we need to ensure there is adequate staffing, funding, resource and education. The health of the nation is at stake.

Inspiring A Healthier Future

Helen Donovan | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Donovan

Public health nursing has its origins in the mid 1800's when the inequalities of the 19th century, and the ruinous health outcomes of the poorest in society, became increasingly apparent. Following the Boer War, in which the Government struggled to find enough young people who were fit enough to recruit as soldiers, infant welfare in particular fast became a priority.

Lessons in Mental Health

Fiona Smith | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK
Fiona Smith

We all remember our days at school - our teachers, our friends, the moment the bell rang for break time. As children it's where we spend most of our time, the place where we build not only our academic skills but our knowledge of life and how to live it. But for some children and young people this experience is not quite the same.

The Power of a Thank You Can Transcend Place or Time

Anna Crossley | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK
Anna Crossley

Thank you. It's a universal phrase, used for countless reasons from passing the salt, to providing support in a time of crisis. And it means different things to different people. But as a nurse let me tell you, one small thank you can go a long way.

Nursing: The Real Picture

Ali Lomas | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK
Ali Lomas

As a former model and photographer, I have trodden the catwalk during London Fashion Week, photographed an editorial shoot for Elle magazine, and was the youngest person to exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery. In 2013, I gave all this up to become an emergency nurse. A career that couldn't be more different from the one that I started in. Polar opposite in fact...

'Patient Care Is at Stake': What the Trade Union Bill Means for the NHS

Josie Irwin | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Josie Irwin

The Government says that the Trade Union Bill will protect essential public services. But all the evidence shows that happy, fairly treated employees produce the best work - and not just in our vital public services. This Bill will sadly make this harder and harder to achieve.

The Only Way to Be Sure That the NHS Can Safely Care for Its Patients Is By Training Enough Nurses

Dr Peter Carter | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Dr Peter Carter

Around 7,500 nurses from the EU registered to work in the UK last year. This is an increase on the previous year, which was an increase on the year before that. Overseas nurses have played a vital role in the NHS since its inception, and will continue to do so, but clearly when trusts are relying more and more on this form of recruitment something is going wrong.

It Is Nonsensical, Unfair and Completely Illogical to Force Nurses to Leave the Country While We Face a Shortage

Dr Peter Carter | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Dr Peter Carter

Thousands of nurses have left their homes and moved to the other side of the world, to work for the NHS in hospitals, our emergency departments and in our care homes. For the vast majority, their starting salary will be about £21,000 a year. Without them many health and social care organisations would struggle to deliver safe care. Their reward for this contribution to our health service? If they don't somehow increase their salary to £35,000 they will be forced to leave the country after six years.

Shining a Light on Modern Dangers

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

As today's NSPCC report has uncovered, sexual abuse of children is on the rise, but what is perhaps more frightening is that these figures are likely to be much lower than the reality. So many children hide their experiences for a long time - and some never come forward at all. The modern world and its advances has brought us many advantages, but with them have come new dangers...

Ridiculous' Nursing Union Is Already On The Wrong Side Of Jeremy Hunt

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics

The Health Secretary has attacked a nursing union for its “ridiculous” threats to strike over plans for a seven-day NHS. Jeremy Hunt accused th...

Why I Study Nursing

Kieran Uttley | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Uttley

Studying nursing is demanding. It can be stressful, tiring and yes, I sometimes wonder why I do it. But then something happens that rekindles the reasons why I nurse, why I love it and why it means so much to me.

Regional Pay For Nurses Means Poor Patient Care

PA | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Politics

Introducing regional pay and conditions in the NHS would lead to lower standards of patient care, according to The Royal College of Nursing. Scrapp...

Nurses 'Not Too Posh To Wash'

PA | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK

Nurses are being forced to clean toilets and mop hospital floors on top of their patient care duties, a new survey has found. More than half of NHS...

NHS At 'Breaking Point' Warn Nurses

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK

The NHS is at breaking point, the Royal College of Nursing has warned on Monday. With nursing positions at risk of being axed, the union said the ...

NHS Cuts: 60,000 'Frontline' Jobs At Risk Claims Study

PA | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK

More than 60,000 frontline jobs in the NHS, including those of nurses, are at risk of being axed because of spending cuts, with almost half already go...

Elderly People Let Down By Lack Of Nurses, Warns Union

PA | Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle

There are too few nurses on wards to provide basic, safe care to older people, a union warned today. TheRoyal College of Nursing (RCN) said the eld...

The £600m Cost Of NHS Redundancies

PA | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK Politics

More than £600 million could be spent on NHS redundancies in one year as a result of the government's controversial reforms, figures show. Estimat...