Blogs

69 blog posts
  • Louisa Adjoa Parker (credit Robin Mills) Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 16 Sep 2021

    Telling the stories of the underrepresented

    We are holding what promises to be a moving and empowering event to mark Black History Month this October - a workshop: '#present365: Black History and Racism in the South West: Capturing the personal stories of South West nurses’.

  • Piles of coins Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 9 Sep 2021

    Why should I vote on pay when it’s a done deal?

    For the past few months activists like me have been out and about talking to members about pay, encouraging those employed by the NHS to vote in the RCN consultation. We are being asked by some why they should bother as the pay offer from the Government of 3% is coming to the September payroll. I hope this helps to explain.

  • NHS pay deal Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 21 Jul 2021

    3% a derisory offer and a kick in the teeth for pandemic heroes

    RCN South West Council member Geofrey Wallker reacts to the much-awaited and long-delayed government pay award for NHS workers of 3%.

  • Geoffrey Walker and BJ Waltho enjoying strawberries and cream tea on their visit to the Royal Box at Wimbledon 2021 Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 14 Jul 2021

    Anyone for tennis?

    Matron Geoffrey Walker had the great privilege to receive an invitation to spend the first day of Wimbledon 2021 in the Royal Box on Centre Court. 

  • Geoffrey Walker, Matron at Poole Hospital, South West member of RCN Council and Chair of RCN Dorset Branch Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 15 Jun 2021

    Caring for ourselves

    So here we are, hopefully, emerging from the worst pandemic in a century. It has taken its toll on the heath care workforce across all sectors. I think our mental health has been particularly impacted as we have juggled work with family responsibilities, shouldered concern for our loved ones, been unable to see our wider family and friends and the associated isolation has been particularly challenging.

  • Geoffrey Walker, Matron at Poole Hospital, South West member of RCN Council and Chair of RCN Dorset Branch Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 27 Apr 2021

    Time for new beginnings

    It is with excitement for the future, tinged with emotion for the past, that I want to let you know that I have made the decision to take early retirement from my position as Matron for Specialist Medicine and Cardiology at Poole Hospital after 31 years

  • COVID vaccination by Louise Cahill at a mass vaccination centre Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 12 Apr 2021

    Done and dusted: my vaccination as a needle-averse nurse

    I have never been a fan of needles and I used to avoid them at any cost. This is quite an irony given the number of injections I have given to others in my nursing roles.

  • Two female staff nurses organising medicines on an acute ward - one black, one white Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 23 Feb 2021

    Is enough being done to address racism in health care?

    One unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to highlight deep, structural and systemic inequalities in our society. The stark fact is that black, Asian and minority ethnic people are more likely to suffer serious health consequences and die from this new virus.

  • Geoffrey Walker, Matron at Poole Hospital, South West member of RCN Council and Chair of RCN Dorset Branch Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 16 Feb 2021

    A day in the life of me

    I am always interested to know about other people’s lives so thought I would start by telling you about mine.

  • Houses of Parliament Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 22 Jan 2021

    Council update and meeting with Devon MPs

    COVID-19 is very high on RCN Council’s agenda and we are constantly working to hold those in power to account to ensure that the vaccination programme is available to our members. We are also focused on both our safe and effective staffing campaign and our campaign for fair pay for nursing.  At this time both campaigns are more important than ever.