Craig’s Considerations:

My reflections on the issues affecting the nursing profession and society.

#HelloMyNameIs Craig

I am my niblings’ Uncle Craig.

I am also a Registered Nurse (Adult) working as a Senior Asylum-Seeker Health Nurse at the Asylum Health Bridging Team for Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership.

I graduated with a first-class BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies degree from Glasgow Caledonian University in August 2020 where I received the Ross Hall Prize for academic excellence and achievement upon graduation. I am currently undertaking a postgraduate qualification in integrating mental health and professional practice at the University of Dundee.

My openly documented lived experience of childhood internalised homophobia, mental health and addiction struggles fuel me to ensure nobody feels “different” or unworthy. These core values define me as a person and a nurse, influencing my overarching aim to strive for equity of access, and equitable, holistic, inclusive treatment for all diverse, intersectional populations, creating socially just local, national and global healthcare systems. I sit on NHS Scotland’s Pride badge initiative working group.

In addition to developing cultural competence for all nursing staff, I am interested in quality improvement and service development, global and public health policy, and leadership and management.

I believe all health and social care professionals should be politically aware and engaged to enable advocacy for the communities we serve. I am part of the We Are Global Nurses campaign group, who campaigned for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to rejoin the International Council of Nurses.

I also sit on the RCN Nurses in Management and Leadership Forum’s steering committee. I was Scottish representative on the RCN Students’ Committee from 2018 to 2019. And assumed the chair’s tenure in 2019. I also helped establish the RCN Newly Registered Nurses Network as a working group member.

I co-host the award-winning podcast, “Retaining the Passion: Journeys Through Nursing”, with my friend and fellow registered nurse Clare Manley. We discuss and hope to shed light on critical issues affecting the nursing profession and society more broadly by speaking to guests about their lived experiences.

As a nursing student, I was a Student Nursing Times editor. I was also a member of the Scottish Government’s Country Specific Working Group for the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020. In 2018, @WeNurses included me in their list of #100OutstandingNurses, one of only three student nurses included. I was also honoured to be the Student Nursing Times’ Student Nurse of the Year (Adult) Award recipient in 2019.

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