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Gender stereotypes should have no place in RCN’s defence of the pay deal

An all-female team represented unions in their pay negotiations with the government. But it is wrong to suggest that gender was a factor in criticism of the deal, writes nurse Pete Hyland

An all-female team represented unions in their pay negotiations with the government. But it is wrong to suggest that gender was a factor in criticism of the deal, writes nurse Pete Hyland

Despite the challenges and issues facing nursing as a profession, it is a rewarding career that can create a sense of belonging. However, a recent article by RCN lead pay negotiator Josie Irwin, headlined A ‘male’ style of negotiation would not have delivered a better pay deal , is more likely to encourage division than inclusion.

Nursing in 2018 reflects society as a whole, and this enhances the care that we provide to our patients. We are proudly diverse in terms

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