Sally: I believe that retaining nurses and midwives in their current positions as well as attracting them back to the workforce is as vital as encouraging people to take up nursing and midwifery. The challenges facing nursing in the 21st century are complex and include catering for the needs and desires of the differing generations of nurses; being innovative in care delivery with ever increasing numbers of patients and residents while still delivering safe and effective care; and developing strategies to attract and keep nurses in the workforce.
YOUR UNION Council looks to the future With a newly elected QNU Council, including a new President and Vice President, now on deck they’re considering strategies to best defend and promote the interests of QNU members. President Desley Geraghty-Rudd and Vice-President Sally-Anne Jones tell tqn a little about the priorities for Council going forward and why they’re so pleased to be actively involved in our Union. Desley Geraghty-Rudd Sally-Anne Jones Getting active in the QNU Workloads and staffing issues will The importance of QNU Council continue to be a major challenge for Desley: Desley: QNU members. The nature of our Over 20 years ago I decided, due Council has the important role of work and our skillmix will change to mentoring for my then peers, to governing the QNU. All issues are dramatically over the next 5-10 years. It openly debated, with every Councillor become active in the Union. I’ve been is important that all nurses stay abreast having the opportunity to voice a view, part of numerous changes, structures of the issues by listening, reading, make a recommendation, clarify a and negotiations during this time. debating, and having a say. This is the concern and vote for a decision. I admire and respect the values of crux of our Nurses. For you. For life. the QNU and the ongoing support, We’ve got new Councillors and many campaign which will continue to be part passion, motivation, professional and experienced past Councillors—a of everything we do at QNU Council. industrial assistance and advice that are good opportunity for this motivated, part of membership. Sally: passionate team to advance and support the values and philosophies of Sally:
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