The 2015 AGM was a great success...
THE NEXT NURSES' LEAGUE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING is on Saturday 24 September 2016 at The Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG.
Further details will appear here nearer the time.
PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE
To raise the League's profile and hopefully to attract more members, a day conference was decided upon to explore the many changes that have taken place in Nursing since the foundation of GOSH took place.
Following the decision to organise the event, Susan Macqueen and Di Robertshaw donned their thinking caps and soon six excellent speakers had been charmed into participating. Their task was to speak on the Past, Present and Future of nursing. The planning for the event was all a bit helter-skelter and involved a number of meetings in The Lagoon and many email exchanges but on the day, much to the relief of the organisers, everything proceeded like clockwork, a good demonstration of nursing teamwork.
Some of the speakers
All the speakers gave stimulating and passionate insights into their particular area of expertise. Jan Saxton offered a moving address about the plight of children around the time that GOSH opened its doors in 1852. She described the inspirational work of Thomas Coram and Charles West.
Susan Macqueen reminded us all of early aseptic techniques and then brought us up to date with the current thinking on preventing infection in healthcare. Liz Smith, Advanced Lead Nurse Practitioner in the Cardiac Unit, continued the theme of change, describing the improved prospects of children born with half a heart. She explained how there are now plans to introduce a virtual ward in the patient's home to increase parents' confidence and allow earlier discharge.
Following a splendid lunch with plenty of chat and reminiscences, Una McCrann talked about her specialist unit which deals with children with feeding disorders, and how attitudes have changed.
Kate Kahir discussed the massive improvements in the treatment of haemophilia, and how with early diagnosis and treatment, life expectancy is now so much longer. A recurring theme during the day was the plight of children in developing countries who have far shorter life expectancies than in the UK. Kate's excellent use of photographs affected many hearts in the audience.
The day was rounded off by Faith Gibson, Clinical Professor of Children and Young People's Cancer Care. She raised many provocative and strategic questions about the nature of the modern nursing profession; for example: has the profession moved too far away from the bedside and is the focus of a nurse's time on the right issues?
Many, many thanks to all those who gave their valuable time to speak to us, and to all the attendees. There were over 60 in total, with friends and colleagues meeting again after many years. The feedback on the day from participants was enthusiastic, and the Committee is considering what they may try next.
The Norfolk Link Members
Once again the Norfolk Link Members have had a year of monthly coffee mornings, just omitting January and August. We enjoy hearing each other's news and also news of other members who may no longer join us for various reasons.
In November we again met in Bressingham with some of the Suffolk members and had a very jolly lunch with them. This is becoming something of an annual tradition now and is much enjoyed by those of us that go.
In December the Norfolk members had lunch together at our usual venue for coffee, namely The Forget-me-not café in St Michael-at Plea in Norwich. It was very pleasant to have a pre-Christmas lunch together in the café where we are always made to feel welcome.
We are always happy to see Suffolk members who live on our borders and who may not be able to get to the Suffolk meetings.
Norfolk Link Member
Recruitment of Link Members
Link Members are still needed for these counties:
- Channel Islands
- Isles of Scilly
- Scotland and the Isle of Lewis
If you feel you could undertake this role, please send your details to Christine Stone, Membership Secretary. She will then send to you the details and information you will require.