Scotland Region recent study day.......
"Reading between the Lines" study day took place on the 9th March 2017
The AGM for BACCN Scotland Region was held on 3rd November 2016 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley. There were 7 members present. The following issues were considered:
Regional membership update
At present there are 126 Scottish BACCN members (4 people left and there were six new members).
Annual Financial Update
At present there is a current account balance for the Region of £1908.12.
Retirements from Committee
Helen Stirton is stepping down from the committee after around 30 years (more of which below). She will be greatly missed. Audrey thanked Helen and we presented her with a small gift. There were no other retirements as everyone is within the 2 year period.
Election to committee
Jennifer Bell and Kerry Devlin were formally elected on to committee.
We would like to thank the committee for all their hard work over the last year. A study day is being arranged for 9th March 2017 in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee on ECG interpretation and Cardiac rhythm recognition. More details to follow.
Helen Stirton, a stalwart of BACCN in Scotland for over 30 years has retired from the Scottish committee.
Helen has been involved in the BACCN since it was forming in the early 1980s. She joined the regional committee and went on to hold the positions of Chair and Treasurer of the Scottish committee for over 30 years. She joined the National Board firstly as Regional Liaison and then as National Treasurer.
Asked about her experiences, Helen said “When I joined the regional committee I realised what a lot of work these committees put in, all voluntary. Being a member of the National Board enabled me to network across the UK and definitely enhanced my career. I have no doubt that all of these opportunities benefitted me personally and those I worked with. I would also say that I got a lot more out of being an active member of the BACCN than I put in. I have very fond memories of all the great and committed people I met as well as all the fun and laughs we had. I will no doubt repeatedly recount these when I am in retirement”.
Helen has been a great ambassador for BACCN Scotland. She has been a huge support to us as a committee, particularly in the last year or so when the office bearers all changed and we were all learning our new roles. With her vast BACCN experience she was always on hand to ask advice and ensure we were on the right track. She will be very much missed.
BACCN Scotland committee presented Helen with a small gift at our recent AGM and we are planning a night out in the New Year.
Kerry Devlin has returned to Scotland having worked in Critical care for Hampshire Hospitals NHS foundation Trust and then in Great Ormond St for the last 4 years. She now works as a Staff Nurse at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in an ICU/HDU rotation post.
Jenn Bell has worked as a Staff Nurse in ICU/HDU in Hairmyres Hospital for 9 years with previous experience in Cardiology, Coronary care and Medical HDU, in Stobhill and Wishaw General.
We have a healthy committee with 12 current members. We have representatives from Hairmyres, Lanarkshire; The Royal Alexandra, Paisley; Ross Hall private hospital, Glasgow; Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow; The Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank; Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
However, as this is the committee that covers the whole of Scotland, we are looking for members from other regions to join us. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Audrey Jackson (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathleen McIlroy (Secretary) email@example.com for more information. We have meetings every 2 months, using webex which can be accessed through the computer or the phone. This has proven invaluable as it is geographically challenging to all meet up in person.
If you are interested in becoming the Link Nurse for your Unit who could disseminate information from the BACCN, also please contact either Audrey or Kathleen.
The BACCN conference is in Glasgow this year and many of our committee members are helping out which will be a great experience.
We are planning a study day for March. There will be more information on that soon.
The Scotland committee are delighted to welcome Alison Despard the latest member to join their regional committee. Alison is a Staff Nurse at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
The committee are looking to recruit additional committee members and would love to hear from any of their members that would like to find out more about joining the committee. For further information please contact Audrey Jackson, Chair, via firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!
Calling all BACCN Scotland Region Members,
If yes to any of the above, we are seeking expressions of interest from enthusiastic critical care nurses from the Scotland region to join a new inspiring BACCN committee. There are no specific qualifications required and you can be any grade of nurse in order to contribute to the local BACCN regional committee.
All you need to be is a BACCN member who is enthusiastic to take forward the work of the BACCN within your region. The purpose of the Regional Committee is to provide education and support for critical care nurses within the region. If you're passionate about critical care nursing and would like to be part of a team to help to further train and develop critical care nurses across the region, we would really love you to come along and join us.
If you would like any further information please contact email@example.com