#WeNurses - Thursday 28th November 2019 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Let's get political

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A few years ago we held a tweetchat around politics and the political influence of nurses ... with a general election on the horizon we thought it was time to revisit that tweetchat and discuss politics in nursing again:

December 12th is the day when we all go to the polls and vote for our next government - so what better time tackle the subject of politics in nursing than now.  In recent years we have seen many contentious issues hit the headlines that have affected nursing: Brexit, the NHS bursary, nursing pay, austerity and cutbacks just to name a few.  This clearly shows that political decisions affect nursing and the people we care for daily.  Hamer (2015) presents a strong case for nurses to engage in the political process stating "As outlined in the new Nursing and Midwifery Council Code, to ensure professionalism and trust we need to “provide leadership to make sure people’s wellbeing is protected” and that we improve people’s experience of the healthcare system. That means as leaders we all need to ask questions and actively engage in the political process" Which implies that we all have a degree os professional duty towards being political.

An interesting blog written by Jennifer Jackson @JJackson_RN "Why nurses need to be politically active" outlines reason why nurses should be politically active:

  • Politics can change the work we do
  • We can represent the interests of the nursing profession
  • We can advocate for our patients 

Jackson goes on to outline ways in which nurses can be politically active:

  • VOTE
  • Encourage others to vote
  • Call or email MPs and tell them what matters to you
  • Engage with a political party or organisation on social media
  • Actively participate in your nursing union
  • Join a protest or demonstration
  • Write a letter to a journal editor about an issue
  • Run for a political position
  • Talk about politics

Jennifer Jackson expands on these thoughts in her blog for the Journal of Research in Nursing:

Modern nurses face a call to action, to defend the professional nature of nursing, and regain their political influence


These concepts are expanded on further in Georgina Morley's and Jennifer Jacksons Journal of Research in Nursing article:

Is the art of nursing dying? A call for political action 


This #WeNurses tweetchat aims to explore the following questions:

  • Why should nurses get political?
  • Is there a difference between big "P' politics and little "p" politics? And what role can nurses play in both ? 
  • What do we mean by political influence in nursing?
  • How can nurses defend the professional nature of nursing and regain our political influence?
  • What can each of us do to ensure nurses and nursing has political influence? 





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 #WeNurses transcript

 
@bough_laura
28 November 2019 20:00
RT @WeNurses: Did you know that #WeNurses Tweetchats can count towards your participatory CPD ?? They can !! https://t.co/4M4Df0XOim
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:00
Just in time for tonight's #WeNurses (and the election) https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2016/11/23/13708996/argue-better-science?__twitter_impression=true
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:01
Hi everyone - how are you this evening? Welcome to #WeNurses - Tonights topic is "Politics" ... please tweet us a hello if you are joining us and your first thoughts around "Politics & Nursing" https://t.co/LNUQkaWDVX
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:01
Hi Jennifer - thanks for joining us and thank you for inspiring tonights #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200142437869654016
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:01
Hello Teresa here - ready to talk politics #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1200142628358180866
@rachaelmajor1
28 November 2019 20:02
@WeNurses #wenurses Hello ??
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:03
First thought around politics and nursing .... i believe that we all need to be politically aware both for ourselves as nurses but also for nursing as a whole #WeNurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:03
@rachaelmajor1 Hi Rachael - nice to see you #WeNurses
@HuggablyGothic
28 November 2019 20:04
Just in time for tonight's #WeNurses and a spot of #politics #Nurses4RealChange https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1200142628358180866
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:04
RT @WeNurses: Hi Jennifer - thanks for joining us and thank you for inspiring tonights #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200142437869654016
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:04
Hello and welcome - not sure we can help with confusion but we can certainly open up discussion #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Lady_di1984/status/1200143306317074432
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:04
@HuggablyGothic Hi Ricky and welcome #WeNurses
@NickLipley
28 November 2019 20:05
RT @WeNurses: Grab a cuppa and Let's get political -> http://www.wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/5443 #WeNurses in 10 minutes time https://t.co/TTD6MzIien
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:05
QUESTION 1 Why should nurses get political? #WeNurses https://t.co/S8o74k0UPk
@wlasinclair
28 November 2019 20:05
@WeNurses Hello #WeNurses ?? https://t.co/Nq1pmuiB1M
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:05
@wlasinclair Hi Wendy - great to see you #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:05
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 Why should nurses get political? #WeNurses https://t.co/S8o74k0UPk
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:05
First thoughts on politics and nursing are that nursing is inherently political. Who needs care, our quality of services, the buildings we use, what resources we can access- all influenced by politics #WeNurses
@surgicalcaps
28 November 2019 20:06
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 Why should nurses get political? #WeNurses https://t.co/S8o74k0UPk
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:06
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 Why should nurses get political? #WeNurses https://t.co/S8o74k0UPk
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:07
This weeks election news certainly proves that nursing is political with many MPs not only citing the NHS and healthcare in general but also nurses and nursing #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200143807964160001
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:08
Absolutely #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Lady_di1984/status/1200143977263095809
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:08
If we are active as nurses I think we should be political but not party political. As a profession we need to engage with the government of the day regardless of what rosette they’re wearing #WeNurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:08
#WeNurses .... nurses as individuals or nursing as a whole ?? https://twitter.com/roseannanna/status/1200144018472099840
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:08
A1- Necause things can happen TO us, FOR us, or WITH us. Being involved in politics means nurses can help shape the environment, rather that only responding #WeNurses https://t.co/wAvqGrq5PZ
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:09
#WeNurses https://twitter.com/TurnerNurse/status/1200144569129742337
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:10
@WeNurses Nursing as a whole and individual nurses while they represent nursing #wenurses
@pefnic
28 November 2019 20:10
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 Why should nurses get political? #WeNurses https://t.co/S8o74k0UPk
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:10
I am PUMPED that nursing numbers are a national election issue! I just wish the maths added up... ??#WeNurses https://twitter.com/agencynurse/status/1200144178002444290
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:11
You raise an important point .... is it ok to speak up regarding politics on social media as a nurse ? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/hattierocket/status/1200144370986635264
@wlasinclair
28 November 2019 20:11
@WeNurses Because we are an insightful group of people and there are a large number of nurses who are or could be a force for good, both collectively and/or individually #wenurses
@LouiseGeraghty5
28 November 2019 20:11
@WeNurses @AgencyNurse Q1. To influence & change policies, laws and regulations that dictate our practice and how the larger healthcare system works. By knowing how strategies can effectively influence policy, nurses can become a powerful voice at local up to national level. #WeNurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:11
#WeNurses https://twitter.com/roseannanna/status/1200144956473692161
@NickLipley
28 November 2019 20:11
Are nurses political? Or just easily used as political pawns? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/AgencyNurse/status/1200144178002444290
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:12
Don't forget to add #WeNurses to your tweets folks ... that way everyone can see your tweets https://t.co/rCPSnmN488
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:12
Absolutely #WeNurses https://twitter.com/hattierocket/status/1200145034202558464
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:12
@editorNM Individuals who are nurses are political. Nurses on twitter are politically engaged. But we need better influence when policy decisions are being made #wenurses
@KatyWoo
28 November 2019 20:12
@WeNurses Yes! Nursing is inherently political in my opinion. As long as you don't suggest that you are representing the views of your organisation or the NHS as a whole, and are polite and not abusive I don't see that there is an issue. #WeNurses
@hattierocket
28 November 2019 20:13
RT @WeNurses: You raise an important point .... is it ok to speak up regarding politics on social media as a nurse ? #WeNurses https://t.c…
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:13
I like this ... and i absolutely believe it ... we can make a difference and be a force for good politically #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wlasinclair/status/1200145136031809537
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:13
#WeNurses https://twitter.com/Lady_di1984/status/1200145292873605120
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:14
Great to have you popping in #WeNurses https://twitter.com/mikeythenurse/status/1200145606443814912
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:14
Sounds like wise advice #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200145636034859008
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:15
QUESTION 2 Is there a difference between big "P' politics and little "p" politics? And what role can nurses play in both ? #WeNurses https://t.co/eSQqse06W6
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:15
Great points #WeNurses https://twitter.com/AnnGregoryRN/status/1200145848946102272
@SophieHassell30
28 November 2019 20:15
@WeNurses To promote the excellent work that is done and the importance of the profession and the importance of protecting that profession. So that adequate funds and safe staffing levels are provided. #wenurses
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:15
Nurses have an opportunity to educate policy makers about what we do, leading to more understanding both ways #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:15
RT @editorNM: Are nurses political? Or just easily used as political pawns? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/AgencyNurse/status/1200144178002444290
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:15
RT @WeNurses: Sounds like wise advice #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200145636034859008
@_Raluca_R
28 November 2019 20:15
RT @JJackson_RN: Nurses have an opportunity to educate policy makers about what we do, leading to more understanding both ways #WeNurses
@mikeythenurse
28 November 2019 20:16
Being politically aware and active is essential for nurses. Nurses provide over 80% of patient contact in health care systems, we see directly the impacts of inequitable social/health policies at the coal face. #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1200142628358180866
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:16
@editorNM well therein lies the question #WeNurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:16
Great question ... thoughts ? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/editorNM/status/1200145224783290368
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:17
A2- Yes and I think nurses should be both. @theRCN's recent work on safe staffing demonstrates how nurses can be politically engaged without being partisan #WeNurses
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:17
@WeNurses Big P politics for me is the stuff that happens at government level. While small p is the day to day stuff, fighting for marginalised groups, doing more with less etc #wenurses
@HuggablyGothic
28 November 2019 20:17
@WeNurses While we are at it, @WeNurses , can we come up with a better term for the gagging order that is 'purdah' rather than 'purdah' given the etymology of that word #WeNurses
@hattierocket
28 November 2019 20:18
RT @JJackson_RN: Nurses have an opportunity to educate policy makers about what we do, leading to more understanding both ways #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:18
@JFr4ser @WeNurses I agree .. and think we should be aware of both and how it affects the care we give ... and more importantly how to influence change where needed #WeNurses
@HuggablyGothic
28 November 2019 20:18
Forgot the #WeNurses https://twitter.com/HuggablyGothic/status/1200144818401349635
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:18
A2 It can be hard. Nailing your political party colours to the mast risks alienating people. But nurses should be political candidates, who benefit from party support #WeNurses
@KatyWoo
28 November 2019 20:18
@editorNM Both! And I think we need to be more of the former to avoid being the latter! #WeNurses
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:19
@HuggablyGothic @WeNurses Purdah doesn’t apply does it? Only for civil servants?? Was my understanding anyway #wenurses
@TurnerNurse
28 November 2019 20:19
@WeNurses #wenurses I think we see the effect that policy has on the most vulnerable people in society. How can we not react to it? My politics is influenced by the service users I meet, their families caring for them and how difficult the social care systems are for them
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:19
Great answer Katy #WeNurses https://twitter.com/KatyWoo/status/1200147057950035968
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:19
RT @TurnerNurse: @WeNurses #wenurses I think we see the effect that policy has on the most vulnerable people in society. How can we not rea…
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:19
#WeNurses https://twitter.com/mikeythenurse/status/1200147256495788032
@hattierocket
28 November 2019 20:20
Wholeheartedly agree #wenurses https://twitter.com/turnernurse/status/1200147215228055557
@SophieHassell30
28 November 2019 20:21
@WeNurses I think so. For me little p politics is the day to day influence. It’s influence over local systems, policies, procedures etc. Big P is influence over politics as a whole, looking at what can be done across the board to support the profession #wenurses
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:21
RT @TurnerNurse: @WeNurses #wenurses I think we see the effect that policy has on the most vulnerable people in society. How can we not rea…
@GordonHill1
28 November 2019 20:21
@WeNurses Yes, there is a difference but nurses could and should play a huge role in both. It is palpable that, over the last few yrs, nurses have become much more vocal on topics that promote care & key policy development. #SoMe has been significant in this, especially #Twitter #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:21
@JFr4ser @HuggablyGothic @WeNurses it applies to nurses who are also civil servants ... pre election can be a tricky time #WeNurses
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:22
RT @hattierocket: Wholeheartedly agree #wenurses https://twitter.com/turnernurse/status/1200147215228055557
@mikeythenurse
28 November 2019 20:22
RT @TurnerNurse: @WeNurses #wenurses I think we see the effect that policy has on the most vulnerable people in society. How can we not rea…
@NickLipley
28 November 2019 20:23
Sorry, me being dense: what's former and what's latter in this case? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/KatyWoo/status/1200147057950035968
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:23
@GordonHill1 @WeNurses yes it's been nice to see a shift .. and agree think SoMe has a part to play .... however there are still many key issues on which we could have influence but don't .. so how do we extend and grow this ? #WeNurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:25
QUESTION 3 What do we mean by political influence in nursing? #WeNurses https://t.co/hssH0Z4htH
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:25
#WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:26
I do also think that more awareness needs to be raised as to how nurses can be more political ... how the process works ... how we can make change happen #WeNurses
@mikeythenurse
28 November 2019 20:26
@WeNurses Also, I think that it's essential that we understand the political histories and contexts within which our patient populations exist, as this has MAJOR impacts on health equities and outcomes, especially those of us in colonised lands #WeNurses
@mikeythenurse
28 November 2019 20:28
@WeNurses 1) Influencing nursing education to ensure it includes increasing critical awareness of the impacts of national politics on nursing and health 2) being directly involved in the internal politics of the health care system through policy influences #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:28
#WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200149025820958721
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:28
@WeNurses Political lobbying. Putting issues related to nursing to those with the power to change course. Safe staffing continues to be problematic despite clear evidence of impact is one example #wenurses
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:29
@AgencyNurse Yes, and I like intros like when @theRCN or similar let you enter your post code and send your elected officials an email. A great way to get started, via facilitation #WeNurses
@NickLipley
28 November 2019 20:29
So, maybe the question is not 'should we be / are we political?'; maybe more 'to what extent should we be agents of political change?' tell me if I'm talking rubbish... #WeNurses https://twitter.com/TurnerNurse/status/1200147215228055557
@mikeythenurse
28 November 2019 20:29
@WeNurses 3) Being vocal advocates for government policy change using our unique experience with our patient populations, giving their experiences a public voice 4) Being direct advocates for the individuals we work with in our roles #WeNurses
@GordonHill1
28 November 2019 20:29
@AgencyNurse @WeNurses A) Have members of the community as role models B) Continue on the upwards trajectory & C) find other ways of empowering #nurses & #futurenurses to become active in politics and Politics. Instilling confidence in #Studentnurses is key @StNurseProject @WeStudentNurse #WeNurses
@HuggablyGothic
28 November 2019 20:30
QUESTION 3:What do we mean by political influence in nursing? @WeNurses Healthcare is an essential part of society;nurses are an integral part of healthcare. Therefore nurses can influence how healthcare policy is implemented and devised, as well the outcome of a GE #WeNurses
@Lady_di1984
28 November 2019 20:30
@WeNurses I can see how politics influences nursing from the top down. However how do the masses find their voice? #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:30
@JFr4ser @WeNurses is there enough awareness in nursing that nurses can lobby politically and how to do it? Do we talk about the how enough ... i have seen a tendancy to moan about the fact that nurses don't do this but not enough enabling nurses to take action #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:30
Love all of these suggestions #WeNurses https://twitter.com/GordonHill1/status/1200149798881570824
@mikeythenurse
28 November 2019 20:30
I also think it's worth being aware that there is an article coming out in the @TheLancet soon specifically touching on the ethics and complications of health professionals engaging in non-violent direct political action, focused on climate change. #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:31
Yes indeed #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200149617536643079
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:31
A3- Political influence in nursing can mean advocating for ourselves, or for vulnerable people, or for policies to stop problems before they happen, ie prevention. Can also mean standing up for yourself, like the #Shero who held the PM to account on TV last election #WeNurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:31
A very good question ... anyone care to have a stab at answering ? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/Lady_di1984/status/1200149934122639360
@hattierocket
28 November 2019 20:31
@WeNurses voting itself is being politically active. I’m so sad to hear some nurses saying they’re not going to bother. #wenurses
@NickLipley
28 November 2019 20:31
And if the question is 'should we be agents of political change?' the answer depends on the individual. Some will say yes; other whatevs. #WeNurses https://twitter.com/editorNM/status/1200149638755618816
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:32
One to look out for #WeNurses https://twitter.com/mikeythenurse/status/1200150095490011136
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:32
YES THIS ! VOTE #WeNurses https://twitter.com/hattierocket/status/1200150326298497026
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:33
@editorNM All good questions #WeNurses
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:33
@mikeythenurse Your answers are ?????? #WeNurses
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:33
@AgencyNurse @WeNurses Probably not. I think a large portion of the profession assume unions and royal colleges will act on their behalf. And they should. I think we do need more evidence base to provide robust dialogue #wenurses
@shayne_akl
28 November 2019 20:33
@AgencyNurse just been thinking of how to integrate exactly that idea of political agency into assignment for students... shifting thinking from "i just a nurse" to "ffs i am advocating for those i work with!" #wenurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:35
QUESTION 4 How can nurses defend the professional nature of nursing and regain our political influence? #WeNurses https://t.co/8oGbnzo333
@hattierocket
28 November 2019 20:35
RT @AgencyNurse: #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200149025820958721
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:35
@JFr4ser @WeNurses yes these are my thoughts too ... we can and do influence beyond these organisations .... i learnt a lot through the work we did a few years ago with the Parliament Outreach team ... i would say go to parliament, see how it works as a first step #WeNurses
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:36
It's also important to understand that political influence takes time. #BursaryOrBust didn't 'work' right away, but the bursary is an election issue and that action woke the political consciousness of a generation of UK nurses #WeNurses
@HuggablyGothic
28 November 2019 20:36
@AgencyNurse @JFr4ser @WeNurses and for nurses to remember that it does not have to be your constituency MP that you write to. Write to the Health Secretary, write to members of relevant All-Party Parliamentary groups, write to the Shadow Health Secretary, etc #WeNurses
@rachaelmajor1
28 November 2019 20:36
@mikeythenurse @WeNurses Agree that nurse education has a key role in ensuring that both pre-registration and registered nurses understand the political influences on health at local, national and international level #wenurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:36
@shayne_akl yes indeed ... it's a superpower ... we have influence .. we have to chose to use it #WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:37
Write them, tweet them, go see them ... get to know "the system" and how you can use it #WeNurses https://twitter.com/HuggablyGothic/status/1200151412958801937
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:38
This is very important .... #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200151384408154113
@wigmore_welsh
28 November 2019 20:38
@WeNurses #wenurses and #nhs worker who votes #tory is voting for #poverty and #poorhealthcare and #nhs deconstruction
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:38
yes .. this ! Don't give up ... keep going #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200151384408154113
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:39
Wow some interesting thoughts to unravel here ... great tweet #WeNurses https://twitter.com/mikeythenurse/status/1200151943697453057
@mikeythenurse
28 November 2019 20:39
@WeNurses We can regain our political voice as nurses by not letting our profession become uncritically influenced and controlled by the hegemonic discourse of what 'professionalism' looks like. #WeNurses
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:40
@wigmore_welsh @WeNurses How people vote is a matter for them. Most people want a better society and disagree on how best that’s achieved across a range of issues #wenurses
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:40
@WeNurses By coming together! I saw a study that said you only need 15% of a community engaged around an issue to make changes. Don't think you have to have huge numbers to make your voice heard #WeNurses https://t.co/l8kGnLTPaI
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:40
RT @WeNurses: YES THIS ! VOTE #WeNurses https://twitter.com/hattierocket/status/1200150326298497026
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:40
@JJackson_RN #bursaryorbust is an interesting example ... many thought that the petition and the subsequent debate in parliament was the end of a process ... whereas in reality it was the start #LongRoad #WeNurses
@NickLipley
28 November 2019 20:41
Substitute 'people' for 'service users' and this is true of anyone with an open mind. If we are such (ie have open minds), this is natural; we form opinions based on experience, rather than dogma. Sometimes that's a big 'if' tho'... #WeNurses https://twitter.com/TurnerNurse/status/1200147215228055557
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:41
I think i missed Q3 .. here is Q4 #WeNurses https://twitter.com/WeNurses/status/1200151143118254091
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:41
Gosh wow ! #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200152505243643915
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:42
Start by removing the word JUST from our vocabulary #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1200151143118254091
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:42
RT @WeNurses: Gosh wow ! #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200152505243643915
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:43
RT @AgencyNurse: yes .. this ! Don't give up ... keep going #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200151384408154113
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:43
RT @WeNurses: This is very important .... #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200151384408154113
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:44
@AgencyNurse @JJackson_RN Views on the benefits of the bursary vary. If it serves as a cap in training places then no wonder we are short. However if its removal stops applications we are catch 22. Ultimately more £ needed but with a smaller working population to pay it #wenurses
@NickLipley
28 November 2019 20:44
Who'd be left doing the healthcare, I wonder? No. We need to elect politicians whose personal and professional futures depend on listening, and to responding cleverly and capably to what they hear. #WeNurses https://twitter.com/TurnerNurse/status/1200151681654304769
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:45
QUESTION 5 What can each of us do to ensure nurses and nursing has political influence? #WeNurses https://t.co/LBwc3p7aHL
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:45
#WeNurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:45
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 5 What can each of us do to ensure nurses and nursing has political influence? #WeNurses https://t.co/LBwc3p7aHL
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:46
RT @JJackson_RN: Start by removing the word JUST from our vocabulary #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1200151143118254091
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:46
@mikeythenurse Agree and historically gendered nature of the profession is a double whammy #WeNurses
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:46
@WeNurses Build a bigger evidence base for healthcare in 21C. Encourage nurses to recognise their power rather than feeling its elitist. Leaders of the profession to organise and be proactive on behalf of others #wenurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:46
#WeNurses ... so what does that look like in reality ? How do nurses and nursing become more vocal ? https://twitter.com/SophieHassell30/status/1200152800644227078
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:47
@SophieHassell30 @mikeythenurse @WeNurses YES ?? you don't see (insert other professional group here) in the same situation. #WeNurses
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:48
@WeNurses Lobby. If not to our politicians directly, to our colleagues. Be engaged. #wenurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:48
RT @JFr4ser: @WeNurses Lobby. If not to our politicians directly, to our colleagues. Be engaged. #wenurses
@selenam738
28 November 2019 20:48
#wenurses https://t.co/sUzFsoHP5s
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:48
RT @selenam738: #wenurses https://t.co/sUzFsoHP5s
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:49
Direct actions like striking, when necessary #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1200151143118254091
@NickLipley
28 November 2019 20:49
Yes. But likewise we don't see what others do, no matter how open minded we think we are. None of us have a monopoly on wisdom or kindness. Except me, natch! #WeNurses https://twitter.com/TurnerNurse/status/1200153734422118400
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:49
ooh thoughts ?? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200154648935641089
@mag2905
28 November 2019 20:49
RT @WeNurses: Hi everyone - how are you this evening? Welcome to #WeNurses - Tonights topic is "Politics" ... please tweet us a hello if…
@mikeythenurse
28 November 2019 20:49
@WeNurses This is an important part of active participation in our unions, through which we can have our voices combined and amplified. The public consistently vote nurses the most trusted profession, if we raise our voices through our unions the public will support us #WeNurses
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:50
@JJackson_RN We can only strike over terms and conditions. Those are inconsistent across the 4 home nations. Public generally doesn’t understand strikes over T&Cs instead of patient care #wenurses
@NusratMedicine
28 November 2019 20:50
RT @AgencyNurse: Write them, tweet them, go see them ... get to know "the system" and how you can use it #WeNurses https://twitter.com/HuggablyGothic/status/1200151412958801937
@NusratMedicine
28 November 2019 20:50
RT @AgencyNurse: yes .. this ! Don't give up ... keep going #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200151384408154113
@NickLipley
28 November 2019 20:51
Anyway, folks, I'm so wise and kind, I gotta give my daughter a lift home. It's been good. Goodnight, All. #WeNurses https://twitter.com/editorNM/status/1200154725829795840
@mikeythenurse
28 November 2019 20:51
@WeNurses This was an highly important part of the nurses in NZ negotiating a pay rise and improved conditions recently. Through ensuring life preserving care remains during a strike it can easily be done ethically. #WeNurses
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:51
A4- the language and images we use need to upgold that we are professionals, worthy of support and respect #WeNurses WHAT NOT TO DO: https://t.co/fn0lDZbc3y
@NickLipley
28 November 2019 20:51
LOL. #WeNurses https://twitter.com/TurnerNurse/status/1200155003182362635
@rachaelmajor1
28 November 2019 20:51
@JJackson_RN Unfortunately something we feel that we have been driven to here in Guernsey and in NI. #wenurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:51
Interesting to hear and thanks for sharing #WeNurses https://twitter.com/mikeythenurse/status/1200155273744113665
@HuggablyGothic
28 November 2019 20:52
QUESTION 5: What can each of us do to ensure nurses and nursing has political influence? @WeNurses You can be directly party political. Recently joined the #Nurses4RealChange canvassing as a group of nurses for @emmadentcoad who only won the last election by 20 seats. #WeNurses
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:52
@JFr4ser Fair enough, but this can change, too. Canadian nurses have been on strike for a variety of reasons #WeNurses
@proftomquinn
28 November 2019 20:53
RT @selenam738: #wenurses https://t.co/sUzFsoHP5s
@HuggablyGothic
28 November 2019 20:53
RT @WeNurses: YES THIS ! VOTE #WeNurses https://twitter.com/hattierocket/status/1200150326298497026
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:54
RT @JJackson_RN: @JFr4ser Fair enough, but this can change, too. Canadian nurses have been on strike for a variety of reasons #WeNurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:54
Which raises an interesting point ... what can we learn from our overseas colleagues re political influence in nursing ? #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200155639336644610
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:54
@JJackson_RN It didn’t go well for the junior doctors a couple of years ago. Although the BMA had printed out explanation card for drs to give to patients explaining their emergency care only rule #wenurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:55
There is 5 minutes left of tonights #WeNurses ... what are your final thoughts on Politics & Nursing ? https://t.co/OgCVNXgTTA
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 20:55
RT @WeNurses: There is 5 minutes left of tonights #WeNurses ... what are your final thoughts on Politics & Nursing ? https://t.co/OgCVNXgTTA
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:55
Write about nursing! Blogs, journal articles, op eds, letters to the editor, elected officials, books etc etc etc #WeNurses https://t.co/sx44EWpxQC
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:55
Great idea .... get writing #WeNurses https://twitter.com/JJackson_RN/status/1200156226941857795
@Nick077886
28 November 2019 20:56
RT @selenam738: #wenurses https://t.co/sUzFsoHP5s
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:56
#WeNurses
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 20:57
@mikeythenurse @WeNurses And people have repeatedly said they are willing to pay more tax to support the #NHS It's pushing against an open door #WeNurses
@HuggablyGothic
28 November 2019 20:57
QUESTION 4: How can nurses defend the professional nature of nursing and regain our political influence? @WeNurses Nurses should self-advocate & decline to be used as vox pops & photo ops for politicians they do not support /agree with, as appeared to happen in Cornwall #WeNurses
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 20:58
@wigmore_welsh @WeNurses Again, the discussion is how the profession can influence politically not to shame individuals over how they chose to vote #wenurses
@ClaireW_UK
28 November 2019 20:59
@WeNurses #wenurses Absolutely! We can & do influence at both levels. Small 'p' at local & organisational levels & large P at national & higher levels. Being politically savvy is hugely important for nurses. If you're not at the table, you're on the menu!
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 20:59
@JFr4ser @wigmore_welsh yes absolutely it is ... this is not a party political tweetchat but rather discussing how nurses can have political influence #WeNurses
@Alisonmariposas
28 November 2019 20:59
RT @selenam738: #wenurses https://t.co/sUzFsoHP5s
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 21:00
That's a wrap for tonight everyone ..... ... if you take a way just one thing from tonights #WeNurses make sure it's VOTE ! Thank you all for your tweets and thoughts https://t.co/ghNp5SG7M2
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 21:01
Thank you to the fab @JJackson_RN for joining us this evening .. you have been ace :D #WeNurses https://t.co/V2MHEnegTz
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 21:01
RT @WeNurses: That's a wrap for tonight everyone ..... ... if you take a way just one thing from tonights #WeNurses make sure it's VOTE !…
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 21:01
@WeNurses Shout from the rooftops! We can do it! #WeNurses https://t.co/glzDl4hxX0
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 21:01
RT @ClaireW_UK: @WeNurses #wenurses Absolutely! We can & do influence at both levels. Small 'p' at local & organisational levels & large P…
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 21:01
RT @JJackson_RN: @WeNurses Shout from the rooftops! We can do it! #WeNurses https://t.co/glzDl4hxX0
@LouiseGeraghty5
28 November 2019 21:01
@WeNurses That we all have a powerful voice that has the potential to impact on so many levels. Be brave and ask questions. Seek out people that challenge and inspire you. #WeNurses
@catwoman1979
28 November 2019 21:01
RT @JJackson_RN: Direct actions like striking, when necessary #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1200151143118254091
@catwoman1979
28 November 2019 21:02
RT @JJackson_RN: @JFr4ser Fair enough, but this can change, too. Canadian nurses have been on strike for a variety of reasons #WeNurses
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 21:02
@wigmore_welsh @WeNurses It’s hard to influence if you don’t sit down with people. Throwing tantrums is for adolescents #wenurses
@GlassOmalt
28 November 2019 21:02
@WeNurses Question 4 of #WeNurses chat. Nurse could make a positive inpact on how politics affect our profession by keeping themselves away of the populist political wings and think about what 10 years of austerity turned way harder to perform at our jobs.
@rachaelmajor1
28 November 2019 21:02
RT @ClaireW_UK: @WeNurses #wenurses Absolutely! We can & do influence at both levels. Small 'p' at local & organisational levels & large P…
@mikeythenurse
28 November 2019 21:02
@WeNurses “Every disease has two causes. The first is pathophysiological; the second, political.” —Ramon Cajal, 1899 #WeNurses
@HuggablyGothic
28 November 2019 21:03
#WeNurses ... what are your final thoughts on Politics & Nursing ? @WeNurses, I'd love to see the union that is meant to represent my interests, @theRCN, directly challenge the misinformation and lies given out during the GE campaign. Eg:The real number of new hospitals & nurses
@AgencyNurse
28 November 2019 21:03
Thanks everyone for a great #WeNurses this evening
@daniellejade198
28 November 2019 21:04
RT @HuggablyGothic: #WeNurses ... what are your final thoughts on Politics & Nursing ? @WeNurses, I'd love to see the union that is meant t…
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 21:05
Next Weeks #WeNurses "Working well together" > http://www.wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/5442 See you then :D https://t.co/KMY9kWik5y
@JJackson_RN
28 November 2019 21:06
RT @WeNurses: Next Weeks #WeNurses "Working well together" > http://www.wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/5442 See you then :D https://t.co/KMY9kWik5y
@JFr4ser
28 November 2019 21:09
@GlassOmalt @WeNurses It’s not nurses who decide whose in Government. The record investment by New Labour was spent where it was because of political engagement. Nurses need to work with governments of all stripes #wenurses
@WeNurses
28 November 2019 21:10
If you want to reflect on tonights #WeNurses for your Participatory CPD then the MyWe link is here >… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1200159959289409545
@mhendersonnurse
28 November 2019 21:11
#publichealthnurse #northeast #WeNurses
@jomwlever
28 November 2019 21:11
@WeNurses So sorry I missed the live #wenurses chat.
@riponmum
28 November 2019 21:12
@Debpearad @ErimusPR @RChillery @slwisni @HDFT_Innovation @GemmaScoffin @HarrogateNHSFT Brilliant job Gemma, can’t wait too share your top tips with our families and young people. #WeNurses
@lilian_chiwera
28 November 2019 21:14
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 1 Why should nurses get political? #WeNurses https://t.co/S8o74k0UPk
@jomwlever
28 November 2019 21:16
@LouiseGeraghty5 @WeNurses Definitely. I have written to all of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates in our Constituency and asked several questions on a range of topics, but most around health, social care and the environment and what they would hope to do. #WeNurses
@ClaireW_UK
28 November 2019 21:20
@AgencyNurse #wenurses hear hear! We really need training rather than developing understanding on the job (although I'm glad I've had some of that too). To be key players we need to walk the walk. I've learnt a lot from @AnnKeen11
@StubbsFiona
28 November 2019 21:21
RT @selenam738: #wenurses https://t.co/sUzFsoHP5s
@jomwlever
28 November 2019 21:25
@WeNurses I think nurses need to realise their voice matters. I think we need to be more unified. Being part of a nursing union and engaging with it means the voice is likely to be amplified. For example #safestaffingsaveslives campaign @theRCN #WeNurses
@jomwlever
28 November 2019 21:28
@WeNurses @theRCN I think also to be aware that many #Nurses already have political influence working on National policy and for Dept of Health, NHS England, NHS Improvement etc and there are some Nurses who are MPs. #DifferenceMakers #WeNurses
@jomwlever
28 November 2019 21:29
RT @WeNurses: QUESTION 5 What can each of us do to ensure nurses and nursing has political influence? #WeNurses https://t.co/LBwc3p7aHL
@bcaffe63
28 November 2019 21:31
RT @selenam738: #wenurses https://t.co/sUzFsoHP5s
@bcaffe63
28 November 2019 21:32
RT @JJackson_RN: Start by removing the word JUST from our vocabulary #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1200151143118254091
@bcaffe63
28 November 2019 21:34
RT @WeNurses: YES THIS ! VOTE #WeNurses https://twitter.com/hattierocket/status/1200150326298497026
@GlassOmalt
28 November 2019 21:35
@JFr4ser @WeNurses Exactly, and doing it strategically. I'm not a economy expert so this is just my opinion as a nurse of last 5 years of NHS, and I do feel that we are being failed, not just the nurses. All the employers of the #NHS. #WeNurses
@KellyHoogeveen
28 November 2019 21:39
RT @JJackson_RN: Start by removing the word JUST from our vocabulary #WeNurses https://twitter.com/wenurses/status/1200151143118254091
@missboydy
28 November 2019 21:43
RT @HuggablyGothic: #WeNurses ... what are your final thoughts on Politics & Nursing ? @WeNurses, I'd love to see the union that is meant t…




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