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Janet Youd: My next move

Outgoing chair of RCN's Emergency Care Association intends to put her passion for children's emergency nursing and doctoral studies on self-harm to good use in her new role

Outgoing chair of RCN's Emergency Care Association intends to put her passion for children's emergency nursing and doctoral studies on self-harm to good use in her new role

Picture shows Janet Youd speaking at RCN Congress. Here she reflects on the end of her tenure as chair of the RCN Emergency Care Association.
Janet Youd speaking at RCN congress. Picture: John Houlihan

As the decade ended, so did my term of office as chair of the RCN’s Emergency Care Association (ECA), and I can honestly say that I will look back on this experience with honour and pride.

Through this role I have met some amazing people, in the UK and internationally, and made some lifelong friends, all of whom are passionate about emergency nursing.

I have also had the opportunity to meet royalty, senior politicians and other strategic leaders, to inform them of the great value of our incredible specialism, while emphasising the serious challenges we face.

The highlights included the production of the RCN ECA National Curriculum and Competency Framework Emergency Nursing. This was a labour of love and it is great to see so many departments using it to develop the knowledge and skills of their nursing workforce.

Taking part in RCN congress will leave a lasting mark

More recently I was involved in developing the Nursing Workforce Standards, expected to be published at the end of January 2020, with the support of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, which will drive emergency nursing quality even further.

However, it has been representation at the annual RCN congress, which has enabled debate, media attention to nursing and networking with like-minded individuals, as well as those with differing opinions – from whom I always learn something new – that will leave a lasting mark.

I wish David Smith, the incoming chair, the best of luck for his term of office. I know he will take emergency nursing to the next level.

As for me, my passion for children’s emergency nursing remains and I intend to put my doctoral studies on self-harm to good use.

I have been appointed to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline committee for self-harm: assessment, management and preventing recurrence. I look forward to contributing to this vital piece of work.

I know the challenges to come in the next decade will not be insignificant, but I am confident emergency nurses can, and will, rise above them. The challenges will also bring opportunities, which we must harness to inform the evidence base of our profession.

I intend to continue to play an active part to ensure our most vulnerable patients receive the emergency care they deserve, by people properly equipped to do so. I’m not done yet.


Janet Youd is emergency nurse consultant at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and outgoing chair of the RCN’s Emergency Care Association

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