Reflections on #StC15

July 3, 2015

Well what an experience Strengthening the Commitment 2015 was! My blog is a bit late so apologies but finally have time to reflect properly. The whole day for me was one of passion from all those who attended for what they do. My head was spinning at times as did not know who to try chat to first!


The adventure began the day before when I offered to collect the rest of the from the train station, now those who know the team are aware not your average size individuals, so my poor little car was like a comedy car with the suspension breathing a sigh of relief once we eventually reached their hotel, not until however we had done a mystery tour of Derby.  Any way pre chat beer and grub that evening and the passion for our career choice was evident. This passion continued the following day it hit you like a wave as soon as you walked into the venue.


Launching the nursing champions’ project was one of excitement and nerves for us all. I am not used to exposing myself that way and felt very vulnerable, however my belief in the project over rid all of that. Once we had finished sheer relief enveloped me and I was then able to focus on the rest of the amazing projects and speakers. Winning an award too was a proud moment even though I do feel a bit of a fraud in respect to the projects origins and those initially involved who are the real champions!!


Having a secret to deliver at the end too was an anxious time. Wandering how a certain Mascot would be received. As you all know, and are in a queue for, I am talking of Fiona. Beautifully crafted by Lorna Burrell. The two ladies who received them Helen Laverty and Hazel Powell are inspirational, forward thinking and true believers in our branch of nursing. And to all those sceptics Yes we are REAL nurses!


For me like many I am sure a highlight of the day was listening to Hayley Goleniowska.  I had tissues at the ready and yes used them, she speaks with such love and conviction it is hard not to be moved to tears. Her message is simple and clear and it is to listen and involve parents especially at such an emotional and pivotal time in their lives.


Finally a big thank you must go out to all involved in putting together the conference, not an easy task and my thanks and praise to all of you who attend and support these events and also this web site.


Margaret Hazeldine



A very proud passionate and REAL RNLD!





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