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RCN chair: Outraged but optimistic – and adamant nurses must use their voice

RCN chair of council Maria Trewern says nursing students cannot afford to live, and nurses and healthcare assistants are being worked to the bone. But she is also full of hope for the profession - and a big part of her solution is giving front line college members more clout

RCN chair of council Maria Trewern says nursing students cannot afford to live, and nurses and healthcare assistants are being worked to the bone. But she is also full of hope for the profession - and a big part of her solution is giving front line college members more clout

I met Maria Trewern at RCN headquarters in central London a couple of weeks before congress and then interviewed her again, by phone, after she returned from Belfast. On both occasions I was struck by her enthusiasm – for nursing, for RCN members, and for the opportunity she has been given, as chair of council, to get things done.

As chair, elected by her fellow council members, she is responsible for making sure the college has ‘a complete strategy’ and for

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