Nursing Staff Make a Huge Difference to Millions of Lives; Tina Donnelly, Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, Looks at the Important Role of Nursing
Byline: Tina Donnelly
NEXT week, the Royal College of Nursing in Wales will host its inaugural Nurse of the Year Awards in Cardiff. We will celebrate the best of nursing across Wales.
We are identifying and rewarding nurses who have delivered innovations and made improvements to patient care despite dwindling resources and essential efficiency savings.
Every minute of every day, nursing staff make a huge difference to millions of lives. This is a profession where joy and sadness come in equal measure, where inspiration is met by frustration, and where cos urage must outweigh fear.
Nursing is a demanding profession needing both clinical skills and compassion. Recently, we launched a UK-wide initiative called This is Nursing, which includes adverts that will appear on buses across the UK's major towns and cities, including Cardiff, as well as underground stations in London.
They reveal the breadth of skills in nursing and highlight the balance nursing strikes between expertise and compassion.
The advert contains an image of a nurse and a young girl alongside the text: "It took skill and expertise to save Emma's life. And compassion to make her smile again."
A website has been created to promote This is Nursing with dedicated sections for nursing staff and for the public. The public will be able to get a unique insight into nursing, following carers in different settings throughout a typical day. A wide range of nursing care will feature, from caring for prematurely born babies to nursing people at the end of their lives.
RCN chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: "What we are doing is showing the reality of nursing and how it takes both professionalism and compassion to be a nurse. It's time to celebrate the outstanding work nurses do on a daily basis, often in extremely difficult situations.
"We have all read the critical coverage of the nursing profession and we would never shy away from the cases of poor care when they exist. …