Retaining the Passion: Reflections on a Year of Registration.

Clare and Craig share what is quite possibly their most frank, honest and open episode ever. No guests, just them turning the mic on each other. As they reflect on their first year of registration, they discuss their major milestones this year and their best and most challenging days as newly registered nurses. Also, what they’ve done to help them get through this first year, and their plans for the coming year. Lastly, they impart their advice to newly registered nurses taking up their first post.

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Retaining the Passion: Covid-19 – the Effect on Nursing.

Clare and Craig, both who became newly registered nurses as the Covid-19 pandemic broke, and we entered lockdown in the United Kingdom, catch up and discuss their reasoning for choosing this episode “Covid-19 – the Effect on Nursing. They want to know what the short and long-term effects of Covid-19 will be on individual nurses and the nursing profession, both nationally and globally.

First, they talk with Catherine Gamble, a dually registered adult and mental health nurse and Head of Nursing Education and Research at London Trust. Catherine was also the former Professional lead for Mental Health at the Royal College of Nursing.

Next, they interview registered mental health nurse Vicky Farnsworth and Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Clare Jones, who are seconded to the Greater Manchester Resilience Hub. They explain the inception of the hub following the Manchester Arena bombing and how this has been adapted to help healthcare workers and their families throughout the pandemic.

Lastly, Clare and Craig reflect on both interviews and what this all means for the future.

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Retaining the Passion: When Mistakes Happen.

Clare and Craig catch up and discuss their reasoning for choosing the episode title, “When Mistakes Happen”. They discuss whether universities prepare new registrants for WHEN they make a mistake rather than IF, how the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) can be used as a punitive tool, and how new registrants can become so paralysed by the fear of making mistakes that they can result in making mistakes.

Together, Clare and Craig interview two incredibly insightful guests. Firstly, Liz Jeremiah, a registered senior staff nurse in ITU and RCN Steward. Next, the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the NMC, Andrea Sutcliffe. Clare and Craig talk to both about what to do when we make mistakes and how we can all move forward in our nursing journeys. They then reflect on these discussions and how the nursing profession can address mistakes moving forward.

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Retaining the Passion: Violence Against Women – But Nothing Really Happened.

WARNING: This episode may be potentially emotional or triggering for some of our listeners. Please take care of yourself first and foremost and reach out for help should you need it. 

First, Clare and Craig catch up and Craig reveals some exciting news about his new job role as a community staff nurse in the Asylum Bridging Health Team. Next, they discuss their reasoning for choosing the theme, “Violence Against Women – But Nothing Really Happened”. 

Together, Clare and Craig interview two fabulous guests, both from the RCN’s Feminist Network. Firstly, Lou Cahill, a registered adult nurse, and clinical coordinator at a mass vaccination centre. Lou is a passionate advocate for the rights of sex workers and highlights some of the issues these women face in society. 

Next, our hosts speak to Leanne Patrick, a registered mental health nurse, and a specialist gender-based violence nurse. Leanne educates us as to what this role entails and discusses amongst many things the need to address misogyny, both as nurses in the workplace but also in society and online. Clare and Craig then reflect on these discussions and what we as a society and a profession can do to tackle violence against women.

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Retaining the Passion: Nursing Families – Living with a Nurse.

Welcome back! And hello to all our new podcast family and listeners! Clare and Craig are truly delighted to return for series two, and cannot wait to delve into many new topics with you as they journey through nursing. 

In this, our first episode back, they discuss nursing families, in particular, living with a nurse, and are joined by three very special interview guests, each with unique experiences of living with a nurse. But first, Clare and Craig catch up and discuss the proposed 1% NHS Agenda for Change pay increase and International Women’s Day!

Next, Clare interviews Ethan Jackson, the son of critical care nurse, Kayte Powell, to chat about what it’s like having a mum who is a nurse. Then Craig talks with Clare’s husband, Stuart Manley, who shares his insight of being married to a nurse – the podcast husband meets the real-life husband! Lastly, Clare has a heart-to-heart with a fellow nurse mum, who just so happens to be Craig’s mum, Carole Davidson, who is a neonatal intensive care nurse, and registered children’s and adult nurse.

Following the interviews, Clare and Craig reflect on the discussions and their hopes for series two…

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Retaining the Passion: Season One Finale – Happy Holidays and New Year’s Reflections.


Clare and Craig cannot quite believe they have reached the end of season one, where has the time gone? We truly hope you have enjoyed following our journey as much as we have. And have been inspired by and learnt so much from our many amazing guests. 

We will miss you all so much, and owe so much to you our listeners and followers. But we will be back in eight weeks time on February 14th 2021. During our downtime, we will be re-releasing our previous episodes, so you can catch up if you missed them the first time. 

In this, our season finale, we are joined by two terrific guests. First, Carol Forde-Johnstone, a divisional recruitment and consultant lead and a superbly successful published author, who has been such an incredible supporter of both the podcast and Clare and Craig individually, as well as all newly registered nurses. 

Next, we are joined by a very close personal friend, a fellow Student Nurse Project alumni and Royal College of Nursing Twitter curator, Beth Phillips. Beth is a newly registered children’s nurse who works has worked both in an acute setting and most recently in the community. She candidly shares the experience of her first year with real honesty. 

Both our guests share some great advice for us to take forward into 2021. We know 2020 has been a difficult year, and we hope we have been able to bring some joy and help you develop, grow and retain your passion for nursing, which is exactly what we set out to do.

Happy holidays and have a very safe and special New Year.

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Retaining The Passion: Supporting People With Autism and Learning Disabilities

In this very special episode, Clare and Craig catch up and talk to three incredible guests. Firstly, all the way from Australia, they interview the inspirational Paula McGowan, who shares the story and legacy of her son Oliver. Paula is a patient safety advocate and the driving force behind the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training for NHS England Health and Social Care staff. 

Next, Craig chats with Clare’s fifteen-year-old son Ollie, who has a diagnosis of autism and sensory processing disorder. In their chat, Craig asks Ollie what it was like to be diagnosed and what his experience of the health care system has been. 

Lastly, Clare and Craig chat to register learning disability nurse Ben Taylor about his journey into nursing and the importance of learning disability nursing and patient advocacy.

We truly hope you enjoy this bumper episode as much as we did and ask you to join us in #OliversCampaign.

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Retaining the Passion: General Practice Nursing

Craig and Clare catch up and discuss their first times: Clare winning the prestigious Student Nursing Times Student Nurse of the Year (Mental Health) Award 2020 and gaining a promotion at work. And Craig, shadowing Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnerships’ Homeless and Asylum services, gaining insight into the incredible and innovative work they are doing. 

Together, they chat to newly registered general practice nurse Claire Carmichael, who is also a General Practice Student and Nurse Network ambassador and Student Nurse Project curator. Following that, they interview Ellen Nicholson, registered adult and Queen’s Nurse, and Chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s General Practice Nursing Forum. Through both interviews, they hope to bust some myths surrounding general practice nursing. At the same time, highlighting that it is definitely a career option for newly registered nurses. 

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Retaining the Passion: What is the Royal College of Nursing doing for its newly registered nurses?

As you know, our podcast is unaffiliated. However, this episode focuses specifically on what the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) as the professional body of nursing is doing for its newly registered nurses. 

Clare and Craig reveal some huge news. “Retaining the Passion” has been selected to present at the Healthcare Leadership Academy Conference 2020 alongside other global healthcare leaders after having their abstract for a poster presentation accepted. This honour is down to you our listeners and followers. We wouldn’t be here without you, so thank you. 

Together, Clare and Craig interview Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN. Next, they chat with Clare’s RCN Newly Qualified Nurses Network co-lead, and student representative on the RCN Professional Nursing Committee, Kendal Moran. Then they finish up by talking to Dave Dawes, the newly elected Chair of RCN Council. In turn, Clare and Craig ask all three what more the College could be doing to support newly registered nurses.

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Retaining the Passion: Global Nursing

Clare and Craig are both passionate advocates of global nursing and as student nurses were fortunate to experience international exchange placements to China and the United States, respectively.

While our podcast is unaffiliated to any trade union or professional body, due to the nature of our discussions and guests during this episode, we will be discussing the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) more so than we usually would. In November, the College will go through a consultation period as to whether they should rejoin the International Council of Nurses (ICN) or other potential global nursing alliances. For transparency, Craig is a member of the campaigning group, “We Are Global Nurses” recommending that the RCN rejoins the ICN, but Clare is not and is undecided.

This podcast episode is by no means a campaign episode for the RCN to rejoin the ICN; instead, we intend to give listeners and RCN members information, enabling them to make an informed choice.

Together, Clare and Craig interview Jeni Watts. A registered adult, children’s nurse and health visitor, who is one of the coordinators of “We Are Global Nurses”. Craig then interviews Howard Catton. A registered general nurse and Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses. Mentioning beforehand that Craig would be interviewing Howard, Craig asks Howard some tough questions from RCN members about the reasons why the RCN originally withdrew from the ICN and what it is they could gain from rejoining.

Together, Clare and Craig then reflect on these discussions. What we hope is that we leave our listeners with further information to make an informed decision, whatever that is. And to highlight just how important global nursing issues are.

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