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12-hour shifts, pay and long-COVID top nurse agenda at RCN congress

Three-day online and in-person event in Liverpool will also focus on work-life balance 

RCN congress will be a three-day online and in-person event in Liverpool and will also focus on work-life balance

The impact of 12-hour shifts on well-being, pay and long-COVID are just some of the topics nurses will be debating at this years RCN congress .

The three-day event which will be a mix of in-person and online participation will take place from 18-20 September and is a chance for college members to vote on policy and discuss issues affecting the profession. Last years congress was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Vote to review impact of 12-hour shifts on nurses health and well-being

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RCN congress will be a three-day online and in-person event in Liverpool and will also focus on work-life balance

RCN Congress 2021 will be held between 18-20 September

The impact of 12-hour shifts on well-being, pay and long-COVID are just some of the topics nurses will be debating at this year’s RCN congress.

The three-day event – which will be a mix of in-person and online participation – will take place from 18-20 September and is a chance for college members to vote on policy and discuss issues affecting the profession. Last year’s congress was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Vote to review impact of 12-hour shifts on nurses’ health and well-being

Taking place at the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre, the agenda includes a vote on whether the college should review the impact of 12-hour shifts on the health and well-being of nursing staff. A recent joint Nursing Standard and University of Southampton survey of 2,198 nurses found that 43% (945) said they have no say in their shift patterns and 28% (615) are unsatisfied with their work-life balance.

Other issues on the congress agenda include:

  • A vote on the RCN holding a review into Agenda for Change, the national pay system that NHS nurses come under.
  • Discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the nursing workforce.
  • A vote calling for employers to ensure employment policies support staff with long-COVID.
  • The RCN Council calling for a vote on working with employers to ensure steps are taken to protect members who may be experiencing domestic abuse.
  • A discussion on inequalities in the diagnosis and treatment of patients from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Registration for this year’s congress is expected to open soon. Non-voting members will be able to participate online, however voting members will have the choice of attending in person.

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