The network will provide a voice for newly qualified nurses.
A new platform has been launched providing support for newly qualified nurses and those nearing the end of their training.
The Royal College of Nursing‘s Newly Qualified Nurse Network (RCNNQN) is open to all final year nursing students and newly qualified registered nurses and has been designed to provide support for those in this “crucial stage in their career”.
Its primary aim is to provide a voice for newly qualified nurses within the RCN and supply support from six months pre-registration throughout preceptorship.
Those behind the project have created a new website and Twitter account, alongside developing plans to launch a podcast.
The project has built on a closed Facebook group created by Charlotte Jakab-Hall, the former RCN Students’ Committee Chair and student member of RCN Council.
Former RCN Students’ Committee Chair, Craig Davidson, and the former student member of the Trade Union Committee, Clare Manley, developed the creation of the new RCN Newly Qualified Nurses site.
Speaking to NursingNotes, Clare Manley said; “As a member of the RCN who gained so much from my active involvement as a student in the RCN, I am so pleased that there is a space for newly registered nurses to find the peer support that they need at a time when they can often feel isolated and like others don’t understand.
“The RCN has a wealth of information online and through their specialist forums, helpline and local networks that we will be able to direct people to for the most relevant support. With a twitter account, website and podcast the project offers information and access to suit everyone.
“I am hugely excited about the diverse, varied and enthusiastic team who are putting themselves out there for others and am sure we will make a difference.
You can follow RCN Newly Qualified Nurses on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RCNNQN.