This week, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Newly Qualified Nurses launched on Twitter, reaching over 1000 followers in its first 24 hours, demonstrating the need for the voice of newly registered nursing professionals to be heard both within the College and the wider nursing profession. The Twitter site is targeted at all final year nursing students and newly qualified registered nurses, in addition to all those who would like to support these professionals at the early, crucial stage in their career.
You can follow RCN Newly Qualified Nurses on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RCNNQN
RCN Newly Qualified Nurses aim to provide a voice for newly qualified nurses within the RCN and provide support from six months pre-registration throughout preceptorship. The project is sponsored by the RCN Students’ Committee who states, “The RCN Students’ Committee is thrilled to support RCN Newly Qualified Nurses. It is a very exciting project, shedding light on the unique perspective that the newly registered add to the voice of nursing, providing support and guidance at the beginning of their nursing journey. We know it will make a huge difference.”
The RCN Newly Qualified Nurse Network was initially launched in November 2018, by former RCN Students’ Committee Chair and student member of RCN Council, Charlotte Jakab-Hall. The network began with a closed Facebook group for newly qualified RCN members https://www.facebook.com/groups/RCNNQN/
Subsequently, former RCN Students’ Committee Chair, Craig Davidson, and former student member of the Trade Union Committee, Clare Manley, developed a project plan, leading to the creation of “RCN Newly Qualified Nurses”. This project is now lead by Clare Manley and the current student member of the Professional Nursing Committee, Kendal Moran. Joining Clare and Kendal to curate the RCN Newly Qualified Nurses Twitter account are a team of final year nursing students and newly qualified nurses. This team includes Craig Davidson, RCN Students’ Committee Chair, Jessica Sainsbury, RCN Students’ Committee members, Dawn Marr and Lynsey McLaughlin, RCN Student Information Officer of the Year 2019, Aimie Morgan, runner up for RCN Wales’ student nurse of the year, Kayte Powell, Michael Carter, Daniel Branch, Beth Phillips and Abby Martin. We are currently recruiting more curators, making sure we equally represent all four UK nations, fields of nursing, and promote equality, diversity and inclusion among our curators.
RCN Newly Qualified Nurses will provide content and support, showcasing and signposting newly qualified nurses to all the RCN can offer as both a Trade Union and Professional College. Additionally, we will promote the newly qualified registered nurse’ voice to shape the RCN and wider nursing agenda. We aim to hold regular Tweetchats, and we are excited to announce there will be an upcoming RCN Newly Qualified Nurses podcast hosted by Clare Manley and Craig Davidson. Most importantly, we want to hear from you, the newly or soon to be newly qualified registered nurse and those who support us to find out what you want from us. We welcome you to join us on our exciting new journey supporting this often underrepresented group.
RCN Newly Qualified Nurses.