Anne Marie Rafferty: RCN president’s tips for new nurses

Incoming RCN president Anne Marie Rafferty talks about how to build support networks

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RCN's new president, Anne Marie Rafferty, has years of experience in nursing and academia. She spoke to Nursing Standard's editor, Lynn Eaton, about her top tips for anyone starting out in her career and feeling vulnerable.

In particular, what should you do if you’re bullied – as she was, nearly wrecking her nursing career.

Hear her views on leadership, mentorship and having a sense of belonging. She talks of the importance of role models and how working with highly talented nurses can give a sense of belonging.

And find out how, when she experienced bullying herself, she confronted it directly – with surprising results.

'You have to call it out,' she says. 'And that takes courage.'

Click here to read Lynn Eaton's interview with Professor Rafferty