Letter from the Editor

1 December 2012

Communication – one of the 6Cs

Speaking up and speaking out for the sake of your patients and yourself are concepts tackled in this edition. In our RRR professional development article Shelley Jones explores talking about practice as a way of keeping yourself, your colleagues and your patients safe. Jo Ann Walton in her column, Compassion, criticism and complaints, calls for a conversation about compassionate care in the wake of stories of patient neglect both here and abroad.

It is the UK’s beleaguered NHS that has been the focus of too many of those stories leading to the upcoming Francis Report (due January). At the same time, the Royal College of Nursing has been accused of scaremongering with its November estimates that more than 55,000 NHS jobs have been axed or will be across the UK, with nursing posts making up a third of those.

Meanwhile, in early December, England’s two top nursing leaders released Compassion in Practice their vision for nursing, midwifery, and care staff in England’s public health system. The pair acknowledges “there are big challenges” but “we must never underestimate our significance”. “As health and social care changes, what does not alter is the fundamental human need to be looked after with care, dignity, respect and compassion.” Their vision is built on the 6Cs: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. (Read more at: http://bit.ly/YBeUPo )

Also in this edition, College of Nurses executive director Jenny Carryer looks back on 2012 as well as paying tribute to outgoing colleague, NZNO chief executive Geoff Annals on his leadership role in helping nursing groups here reach another “C” – cohesion. And Frances Hughes reports on disasters with a capital D after fate landed the disaster management scholar in the path of Hurricane Sandy.

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