Previous Article Next Article The letter on bullying in the workplace (OH, August) has prompted me towrite about the problems I have experienced with my employer and the RoyalCollege of Nursing’s approach in dealing with it. I was wrongfully accused by my employers of harassment and bullying when, infact, I was the person being bullied. The RCN is a union and it is my firmbelief that a union should protect members who are paying out over £125 a yearmainly as an insurance in case they should need help. How can occupational health nurses, or indeed any nurse, get good support? Ihave researched RCN activity locally and have yet to find a nurse who can saythat the RCN has helped them. I have written a number of times to the general secretary, the president andto my council member reminding them of the RCN Royal Charter “to assistnurses who, by reason of ill-health or other adversity, are in need toassistance of any nature”. I suggest the following: good firm representation from the moment of contactby quality independent mediators and, if necessary, legal help to preventnurses having to experience unnecessary misery. There are very few nurses who deserve to lose their jobs, dignity, selfrespect and good health due to unethical actions by their superiors and poorassistance from the RCN. I have also put forward the idea of monitoring of paid officers at a locallevel by members. The activity of local stewards should also be assessed forquality. I have suggested that we have local paid officers outside the employof trusts. So far I have not had any positive response from the RCN. Name and address withheld Nothing but praise meantIn August you printed a letter from me welcoming some progress in thedevelopment of occupational health services within the prison service inEngland. It has been pointed out to me that this letter could be misconstrued as acriticism of the existing service of OH providers in the sector. I am writing to confirm that no criticism was intended. My point was to welcomethe evidence of expansion of occupational health services to prison officersand staff in England. Caroline Hayles Salus Occupational Health and Safety RCN support under scrutinyOn 1 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.