I'm Ailsa, CEO of NRAS, and I have just come back from the Royal College of Nursing Rheumatology Nurse Annual conference. With the current economic situation, we are hearing about a number of services where nurse specialist posts are being lost, or where specialist nurses are being sent back onto wards which is a waste of their skills and means that telephone help lines are being suspended, new patients cannot be seen within the necessary time frame, etc. If any of you are aware of any of these sorts of things happening in your hospital, can you please let me know? My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
We are supporting the RCN on their Front Line first campaign, and we need our specialist nurses and multidisciplinary teams, so let us know if your unit are experiencing problems.