Come November, ballots will be dispatched for the election of a new Student Member of RCN Council. This is a crucial time for the RCN and it is more important than ever that student members exercise their right to vote.
It is essential we elect someone who intends to deliver meaningful change. I am one of six candidates, and I write today to ask for your backing.
I want to bring something to the table for students from all over the UK. We may be studying the same course, but the challenges are not uniform, and I can guarantee you I will work hard to identify and convey these issues – be they affecting students in Belfast, Birmingham or Bangor. To do that successfully though I’ll have to work with you. It is vital our next member of council connects with student nurses, both through social media and in person.
Whether you are a newly minted member of the Royal College of Nursing or a Congress veteran, we need you to turn out. Our next Council must avoid the mistakes of the old, and to do that, I believe it is essential that we get out there and speak to members like you. This is the change we can deliver.
I am campaigning to be the student member who gives YOU a platform.
If nursing is to weather the challenges of the future, we need an empowered and engaged profession. For too long we’ve accepted poor turnouts as a fact of life, but we can and must do better. If we are to be expected to engage, then it’s right that we expect the RCN to be engaging. The college must do more to reach out to its student members.
I vow to work closely with the Students’ Committee, and my counterparts on the Trade Union and Professional Nursing Committees to bring the RCN to you. I’ve delivered in the past – establishing the distinct RCN Students branding and revitalising our social media streams. It is necessary now though that we get out on the ground and I will push for local representatives to engage with their student members and find out what they want to see from the RCN. Where branches struggle, I will work on a national level to share best practice, identify barriers, and make engaging with the college as enjoyable, and easy, as possible.
I know some of the challenges you face. I work, I juggle my studies and I have failed exams and stressed over essays, but please under understand, I am not campaigning to tell my story. I don’t want to speak FOR students. I want to amplify YOUR voice.
The role of the student member of council is to be your advocate at Council meetings and I will ensure we are heard. I supported the EGM and joined calls for the previous council to step down. I now want to deliver a Council that works for all of us.
With your support, we can shape the RCN of the future. Join me in my campaign.