Message from the Chair, Winter 2014

Posted on 14 December 2014 by Manda Dunne

Dear Members,

It’s finally feeling like winter with a real nip in the air. This too is reflecting on the services our hospitals provide and the dire pressure the NHS is under especially with the winter bed pressures.

The constant overspill from ITU into the recovery room is becoming the norm instead of the exception putting more pressure on the anaesthetic and recovery staff to work outside their remit. Having just had firsthand experience of this I felt pushed to breaking point, concerned for the patients and my nurses.

Out of all the mayhem I was brought back down to earth with the reality of how special it is to be able to care for someone and build the rapport that you can when a patient is in your care for a long period of time – also how fast you are able to learn new skills when pushed!  

All that said, BARNA is pushing forward with our website and web management system and hopefully making it easier for you to pay your membership and have access to the journal in a much easier format. I am very grateful to you all for bearing with us in our transition period from Cambridge University Press to our new publisher and for your patience with other web based services.

We are looking forward to taking our annual conference and exhibition to York next year. Please put the date in your diaries for Friday 19th June 2015 at the Royal York Hotel for the 29th BARNA Conference.

September 2015 will see BARNA take part in the 3rd ICPAN conference in Copenhagen following the very successful one in Dublin last year.

We are also working very hard now for the World Congress of Nurse Anaesthetists in Glasgow at the SECC 27th– 30th May 2016. You will start to see much more information coming out about this in the early part of 2015. Keep an eye at www.wcna2016.

Please remember what I said before, that the term Nurse Anaesthetist is used widely across the rest of the world and that every country may work slightly different to another. I want to assure you that the World Congress is the perfect forum for anaesthetic and recovery nurses and any other allied health professional with an interest in this specialty. You are all very welcome, it will be the most exciting experience and wonderful to see you there. This event will replace our annual conference for 2016 but we will still be holding our AGM for BARNA members during the congress. There will some surprises and lots of fun as well as learning opportunities to make this a truly great event.  Networking with colleagues from across the globe is always fun, so please come to Glasgow, enjoy the warm Scottish hospitality, perhaps taste some whiskey, wear a kilt, track down the Loch Ness Monster  and be a part of WCNA 2016!

Thank you!

Manda Dunne, BARNA Chair

Barna. British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association