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Nursing a Pandemic: Fighting for the Frontline (online event)

Join us for the 6th event in our series recording the nursing experience of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

Fighting for the Frontline

In the 6th event in this series, we will hear from people who have supported nursing staff in the workplace during the pandemic, often while being directly impacted themselves. The interviewer is Tracey Budding, RCN Deputy President.

Derek Browne is a Senior RCN Officer based in RCN Wales
Maggy Heaton is staff-side Chair at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has been an RCN rep since 2004 and Chair of the UK Stewards Committee. Past Chair of NW Regional Board, and Lancashire West Branch.
Neil Thompson is an RCN Steward and Safety Rep based in Nottingham. He continued to provide support for others while shielding during the pandemic
We are living in historic times. Since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in 11 March 2020, nursing staff have performed a huge range of vital roles in the COVID-19 response in the UK and beyond. Now is the time to go beyond the “clap for carers” and better understand what life during the pandemic has been like for nursing staff in different situations and contexts. From first responders and nursing leaders to staff working in care homes and the nursing students who stepped up from their degrees to support the NHS, this series marks the ongoing impact of the pandemic on nursing and nurses.

Each virtual event takes the form of live interviews with nursing and healthcare staff and students, followed by a Q&A. The interviews will be recorded and added to the RCN archive, making sure these experiences are recorded for posterity.

This event is open to all, and will take place online. Please sign up to attend and the link to join will be circulated in advance.

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RCN Library & Archives rcn.library@rcn.org.uk 03453373368


Mr. Derek Browne | talks
Ms. Maggy Heaton | talks
Mr. Neil Thompson | talks


Date and Time:

24 June 2021 at 5:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes




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Royal College of Nursing
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