Message from the chair: Summer 2016

Posted on 31 August 2016 by Manda Dunne

Dear Members,

I hope you are all enjoying a lovely summer and have had the opportunity to reflect on all you learnt and heard at the WCNA 2016 in Glasgow last May. What an achievement! I am so proud to have BARNA’s name linked to this congress and that we were able to hold it in the UK.

Revalidation is still on our minds with more and more of us going through the process every day. With that in mind, you will be pleased to hear that our National Conference is back on home turf next year, 2017, and will be held in June and in Greenwich, London. The date is to be confirmed soon. Remember that conferences are a very valuable resource towards your revalidation as well as being a friendly and educational environment for your own personal development. We look forward to seeing you there!

We are always looking for new and committed members to serve on the BARNA executive committee as succession planning is very important for us to be sustainable. We are a group of like-minded working anaesthetic and recovery nurses, who run the association voluntarily, purely for our love of the speciality. It takes time and effort but is totally worth the extra work. It is important to commit though as we get very excited when someone says they want to join us but then disappears! Everyone on the committee has a job, all the different roles being paramount to the running of the association. If you think this is something you could do then please contact us – we would love to hear from you.

We also have a journal that is crying out for your articles. We can also publish reports from other conference attendances, reflections on working practice, academic articles, audits or any other material appropriate for anaesthetic and recovery nursing. Don’t ever be afraid to submit a piece, it’s never as scary as you think!

Before we know it Christmas will be upon us, together with the winter bed crisis no doubt, although sometimes it seems that it is here already! The pressures continue and the beds are full but never forget how much we mean to the patients that come under our care. When all about us seems crazy they need us, they are our goal and we are here to keep them safe.

Thank you,


Manda Dunne
BARNA Chair

Barna. British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association