• Statements

    Statement on sexual harassment allegations

    Sexual harassment is a form of sexual violence that affects up to 97% of women (UN). Due to its prevalence, it’s often described as culturally endemic. Nurses in particular are at risk of sexual harassment with a recent Nursing Times investigation highlighting that as many as 60% of nurses have been subject to this behaviour with some stating that it is so normalised, that it makes them feel afraid but that “no one cares about it”. The recent announcement of RCN Congress moving to online only will have come as a shock to many members, particularly in light of “serious allegations of sexual harassment”. For many women, this issue will…

  • Tweetchats

    Tweetchat: Women and elected roles in The RCN

    Twitter chat, 28th July at 8pm Tweetchat: Women and elected roles in The RCN On Wednesday 28th July at 8pm, we will be hosting a tweetchat that centres on the RCN and its elected roles. There are currently 49 vacancies for elected positions in the Royal College of Nursing. We know that the average trade union member is a woman, and membership in the RCN is likely to be overwhelmingly female, reflecting our profession. However, senior leadership in trade unions is male dominated, something reflected in the RCN currently when we look at our Council. We know that being active within the professional college demands time, a commodity few women…

  • Statements

    Statement on Mandatory Vaccinations

    There has been much talk in the last few days about the decision by the government to make the Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for care workers. With 82 percent of care workers women1, the RCN Feminist Network felt it important to comment. Nursing is an evidence based profession and it is important we look at the evidence around mandating vaccines and the effectiveness of such a policy – or risk succumbing to populism. The link between mandatory vaccines and vaccine uptake remain ambiguous. An EU report into compulsory vaccinations and rates of coverage in Europe between 2007 and 2013 showed countries with mandatory vaccines had no higher coverage than those without2.…

  • Statements

    Statement on ethical overseas recruitment practices

    We are aware of an email circulating, in which a GP practice nurse involved in the recruitment process of another GP practice nurse, appeared to respond to an application from a Nigerian nurse using the words “another one but again Nigerian x”. Whilst we welcome the decision from both the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the relevant CCG to investigate the matter, we wish to take this opportunity to highlight the situation many Nigerian and other internationally recruited nurses are facing. Despite the UK government aligning with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) advice on ethical international recruitment, many nurses are still arriving from overseas and struggling to gain employment. The…

  • Tweetchats

    Tweetchat: The impact of the COVID19 pandemic upon women in nursing

    For International Nurses Day on May 12th, we’ll be hosting a tweetchat focussing on how the COVID19 pandemic has affected women in nursing. When: 12/05/2021 at 20:00 Where: Twitter via @FeministRCN Nursing Notes UK recently reported on a recent poll of 1,200 NHS staff from the NHS Confederation’s Health and Care Women Leaders Network, which showed a “significant rise in women working across health and care reporting a negative impact from their work on their mental and physical health.” The poll found that caring responsibilities have increased for women in particular, increased negative impact of work upon their mental and physical health and that they felt less safe discussing this with their managers.…

  • Guest Blogs

    Men into Nursing Campaigns: Why My Opinion Has Evolved.

    Fact: nursing is an evidenced-based profession; as we traverse throughout our university nursing education, we learn to be a nurse whilst honing our critical thinking skills. When I took to the stage, speaking in favour of the resolution at the Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) Congress 2018, “That this meeting of RCN Congress asks Council to develop and promote a strategy to recruit more men into the nursing profession.”, I was a second-year university nursing student. I was in my first term as one of the Scottish representatives on the RCN Students’ Committee before taking over as committee chair in January 2019. At the time, I argued:  “Nursing is one…

  • International Women's Day 2021

    It’s OK to choose rest

    Kat works as a nurse in a care home and is mother to two babies. She also volunteers for Pregnancy Sickness Support, where she supports women with hyperemesis gravidarum, and campaigns locally for improved maternity services. She is passionate about women being at the centre of decision making in their maternity and birth journey. I will start by being honest. I am conflicted about International Women’s Day this year. The theme is “choose to challenge”- something I believe in deeply, and embody within myself as a person who always gives possibly too much of themselves – like so many other women and especially mothers. In the last year, existing has…

  • International Women's Day 2021

    Bold women and online backlash

    Leanne Patrick is a specialist nurse in Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. She is a founding member of The RCN Feminist Network, freelance op-ed writer and editorial board member for Nursing Notes. For International Women’s Day 2021, Leanne writes about bold female voices and the backlash they face online. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge”, with specific focus on highlighting the voices of female healthcare professionals who have been missing from media commentary and leadership during COVID19. Choosing to challenge is a philosophy I both believe in and live by; my job requires endless tenacity and our nursing code of conduct compels us to…

  • International Women's Day 2021

    Connections

    Clare Manley is a newly qualified Mental Health Nurse, founding member of The RCN Newly Qualified Nurses Network and Co-host of popular nursing podcast “Retaining the passion”. For International Women’s Day 2021, Clare shares with us her experience of being a newly qualified nursing working in a pandemic and highlights importance of celebrating difference without becoming divided. I started as a newly registered nurse in April 2020, just after we went into lockdown.  I work as a mental health nurse in a Community Mental Health Team.  On my first day in work instead of a team of 20+ there were two people in the office.  I met my team virtually…