• 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…