Hello, my name is Charlotte, and I am your current student member of the RCN Council. Although I have now qualified and have been working in AMU for the last six months, I still give up my days off to proudly advocate your student’ voice and now I think that it’s important for me to speak to you directly.

I have recently become a steward; and now more than ever I recognise the importance of representing my colleagues against injustice.

Since July, I have borne witness to many discussions surrounding the EGM. Some not so pleasant, and inappropriately forwarded to me. However, many have been very insightful and thought-provoking. I have welcomed debate about how the RCN should best move forward.

I believe it is only right the membership expresses its valid concerns, and challenges better ways of working. The RCN is its members; I am one of them. I too am affected by the pay deal and what work the RCN is doing; just like you and all other paying members.

I do agree that change is necessary. And I think changes have already begun. Following the interim report from the external investigation, I believe it has become evident the RCN requires a lead officer for communication; this must be a priority.

It has previously been mentioned that the healthcare profession is trying to step away from a ‘blame culture’ and work more towards asking ‘where did it go wrong?’ As a steward, I would talk to an employer about setting up a capability solution plan, as there is no standard outcome for human error or mistakes made.

So please, when you are considering your vote (and as students YOU have the absolute right to vote) consider that voluntary council members should be given the opportunity to deliver the improvements that YOU would like to see in the RCN for all of us as members.

I have loved my time representing students UK wide; YOU are the future of nursing! Regardless of the outcome of the EGM, I will continue to advocate for students; as my role on council does not define my advocacy, activism and pride in my profession.



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