• 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…

  • 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…