I’m writing this because I remember times, which I will likely have again in the future, where I needed someone to tell me that my voice mattered and was making a difference to others. I hope that by the time you get to the end of this blog you will realise that your voice matters too.
I’m going to be honest, the reason for RCNNQN and RCN Students encouraging other members of our nursing family to blog, tweet, post on your facebook wall, do an IG story, etc etc was due to a very disappointing narrative we have seen recently from a select few on Twitter. I am currently in a relatively strong place mentally (don’t get me wrong, this has not been the case in recent times I have been struggling with the weight of RCN Students alongside being a Newly Registered Nurse), and therefore I felt the ability to stand up to this behaviour and challenge it. Other people reading those tweets, may not have been in the same situation as I and have taken it personally. I know for a fact that this has made some individuals feel like they should not release a blog because of this narrative. So let’s stand shoulder to shoulder with those inspirational nurse bloggers, those selfie taking professionals, those who are bold and brave enough to share snippets of their nursing journey. And let us remind others that small actions x many = big changes.
I am a very ad hoc blogger, I don’t allow myself the time to sit and pour my thoughts into a blog. I wish I did it more, as it has a therapeutic benefit for me. I’m going to try and work on this for myself. Recently, I have been reminded by a student nurse that I have been doing this not only for the benefit of myself, but for others too. They told me how my words, via an Instagram story, helped give them the boost to continue on their nursing journey when they were at a low point. If this individual didn’t tell me this, I would have had no idea. I would like to use this blog solely to tell you, the nurse blogger, vlogger, selfie taker, avid tweeter, that you are having more of an impact than you realise. Keep going.
It is not new news to you that we are in a global nursing workforce crisis. Despite being an activist in the Royal College of Nursing, and being connected with nurses across Europe and beyond, it wasn’t until I recently wrote a piece for an assignment for my Masters course that I truly started to understand the scale of the issue and it is frightening. Not only for us as professionals having to keep these many sinking ships afloat but for the populations that we support. The inequalities of health globally are already staggeringly variable, if we do not sort out our workforce crisis it will only get much much worse. And a way of contributing to make things better? Nurse bloggers.
Nurse bloggers showcase the variety of nursing, they inspire others to consider nursing as a career, they remind those who have lost their way of their passion for nursing, they are contributing to the recruitment and retention of our workforce. Thank you nurse bloggers from me, we need more of you.
Jessica Sainsbury, Registered Nurse