The 8th May marks two momentous things for me, it was the date I submitted my last EVER undergraduate assignment at 10.45pm. (In case you are wondering it was a historical reconstruction of the earthquake of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79) I got a final mark of 68 and was cross as I had marks deducted for incorrect spellings of Latin quotes. (sighs deeply) More excitedly, the 8th marks my start date at the RCN!
Celebrating the fact that I have not yet slept through my three alarms, I’m taking you on a journey of some of my Graduate Trainee highlights so far.
Scrap the Cap
Prior to working at the RCN I shamefully knew very little about the pay cap and the pressures those working in the Nursing profession were faced with, despite my Aunty being a midwife and my Uncle a defense nurse. Participating in the Scrap the Cap Rally was a truly wonderful experience which will stay with me forever.
Wailing like a town crier amongst the roaring crowds I bellowed ‘Scrap the Cap’ with every fibre of my being while waiving my placard with all the strength I could muster. It was then I truly understood the importance of why we must do more to support all healthcare workers.
To show my allegiance to the Nursing profession and the NHS I now wear my ‘Support the NHS’ badge on my work bag with pride and wear multiple nurse related badges on my work lanyard, cueing all types of looks ranging from bewilderment to affirmation from members of the public.
Meeting a Hero/ RCN Fellow
I was lucky enough to briefly meet Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, after reading her autobiography I was star- stuck when I finally saw her. Her autobiography is one of the most moving books I have ever read – her perseverance is something I hope to emulate in both my personal and professional life.
The RCN made history (see what I did there) by having a stand at History Day, held at Senate House for the first time last October. We got to showcase our handling collection (now called History Box) to a range of researchers and PHD students (the urinal is always an interesting ice breaker!) and promote the breadth of services and resources that can assist with nursing history research.
Underground at the British Library
Throughout our graduate traineeship we’ve been lucky enough to be taken on many tours of varying libraries, My favorite by far was the British Library as we got a sneak peak of operations underground, and were shown how KPI targets of 90 minutes were met. We were also given a tour and were told more about the formation of the British Library.
Our annual Open Day which was held in February was lots of fun as we showcased some interesting rare books, journals and pamphlets for staff around the RCN. Open day was another opportunity to gawp at some of the fascinating items we hold in our store.
I can honestly say that my traineeship has met and exceeded my expectations and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my team and the rest of the library. I can also affirm that the RCN don’t only have amazing nurses, they have amazing librarians too (not that I am being biased or anything!)
With my traineeship (sadly) coming to an end soon I can honestly look back knowing that I made a great choice joining the RCN.There are many more highlights but to prevent you from falling asleep I’ve decided to keep it short and sweet (your welcome) .
See you around!