The Big Night In!

Saturday 5th of December 2020 – 9pm

This coming Saturday RMN Behaving Badly will be brining the traditional Nurses Christmas Night out to your living rooms, or wherever you might choose to pop your electronic device.

It has been the shittiest of shitty years – that is unless you got one of those lucrative contracts from Boris to produce PPE then never actually had to deliver on any of it. In that case you’ll be sitting in the Cayman Islands hoping that Ed & Stuart don’t track you down.

Lets all get together, raise our collective roofs & share our favourite tipple amongst those who have shared the Year of the Nurse & Midwife along with a global pandemic & a government who would be at home in Kindergarten.

So just to set the agenda, here is what we can’t offer you;

  • A mass produced Christmas dinner
  • A kiss from either Ed or Stuart under the mistletoe
  • A post-meal love-in with your bestie about how much you adore each other & how you inspire one another
  • An alcohol-fuelled, confidence boosted diatribe, directed right at your boss about why you should be a Charge Nurse*
  • At least 45 mins spent in the toilet holding your friends hair out of the toilet bowl

What we can offer you however is;

  • Top class laughter elicited by top comedy acts
  • Top quality banter between Ed & Stuart
  • A quiz that’ll be right up the street of any RMN
  • A competition for the tackiest Christmas decorations
  • Perhaps some Christmas songs
  • And the biggest reason of all, the chance to be amongst friends & colleagues

On the night we will be joined by Susan Morrison, John Scott & Susie McCabe.

We can’t stop you table dancing, no one can so go for it. Get your Christmas jumpers looked out, your Santa hats ready & lets have a night in like only RMNS and Nurses can.

*Although we might, you never know!

Its been a while………

Well folks, seems like 2020, the International Year of the Nurse & Midwife has been a doozy for each and every one of us. The year started off with such great promise, Nursing and Midwifery thrust into the forefront of the global community, reminding those who needed reminding of just how integral we are to a health, fit & vibrant world.

Covid-19 however, like some demented spin doctor thinking that the message wasn’t loud enough, descended upon our lives and made sure that the profession of nursing and our contributions to society would not be ushered off into the margins once more.

Through the whole sorry crisis we watch daily as politicians in Whitehall paraded themselves on our televisions using militaristic jingoism and patriotic rhetoric to “defeat the enemy”. Little did they know that to many of us they themselves were the enemy.

There will be time enough for us to dissect the failings of our leaders, the contributions of our peers and what we may have learned from a global pandemic.

In amongst the chaos, loneliness and testing times, we here at RMN Behaving Badly had some truly energising experiences with our series of #RMNBBLive events. Over 400 of you all joined us on three sperate occasions. We had comedy, we had music and we had debate. Joined by fabulous guests across three nights we explored the inequalities prevalent in our society whilst in the true nursing spirit found time to laugh together at the lighter things in life.

One of us had an election whilst another was offered a greater prize of health for their child only to have it plucked right from their families hands. The latter of these two scenarios puts firmly into perspective the fragile nature of life and the need to embrace what we have right in front of us.

As Covid-19 continues to rearrange our lives roadmaps like a Garmin sat-nav using out dated data, we have decided to stick our two fingers up at it all and revel in the silliness of it all.

In between lockdowns we had a soggy production meeting

On Saturday the 5th of December 2020 we will be hosting the #BigChristmasNursesNightIn (We may have to work on that handle). We want to bring our community together with humour and positivity. We will be hosting some fabulous comedians and plan to bring a little bit of the ‘Christmas Night Out’ to Zoom. So get your shot glasses ready, clear the table for some dancing and get the grumpy colleague who never goes out to cover your shift.

We will publish the link very soon along with some details of what to expect. We really want to get as many of you along as possible so please spread the word.

We understand that the World Health Organisation is extending the Global year of the Nurse & Midwife into 2021.We here at RMN Behaving Badly would suggest that they just DON’T.

Episode 22 – Stinky Pants!

All about food this one – recorded the day after the egregious Matt Hancock launched yet another celebrity chef-endorsed report into how rubbish catering is in hospitals, there’s yet more promises to feed everyone, while at the same time not feeding children or doing anything else even vaguely properly.

The Totally Hancocked Food Plan is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-nhs-hospital-food

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Music is by the inimitable www.barstoolastronaut.com

World Mental Health Day special get-together episode!

Finally your hosts have managed to record an episode in person! Ed went to Scotland for a wee break and managed to find Stuart next to a loch and, surrounded by our respective families, we recorded an episode for World Mental Health Day on Ed’s phone, complete with wind noise, spouses and children adding to the colourful atmosphere.

What’s the purpose of “mental health for all” when we can’t even look after ourselves? Don’t expect any answers…

Episode 21 – What is it now?

Your truculent attendants return with their unique brand of righteous rage and clinical comedy. Covid, inequality and more risible Hancockery.

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Music is by the inimitable www.barstoolastronaut.com

Episode 20 – Yurt

Back with a brand new theme tune!

After an electoral hiatus, Ed & Stuart return with a new tune and less of an idea of anything that’s been happening in the real world.

What’s going on with pay and trades unions? What should we be doing as lefties and professionals? And what is Matt Hancock wearing?

All this and more in your brand new episode of RMN Behaving Badly

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Episode 19 – with Nurses United

Welcome to Episode 19, where we interview our friends Rachel Ambrose and Anthony Johnson from Nurses United.

How does a new political campaigning group work? And what can every nurse do to get involved?

More info at nursesunited.org.uk

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Intro music is:
I Want It by EpiJay ( music.apple.com/us/album/high-level-ep/605743629)

Outro music is:
Egmont Overture by Kevin MacLeod
Link: filmmusic.io/song/3702-egmont-overture
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Episode 18 – with Elizabeth Anionwu

In this extra-long episode, Stuart and Ed are joined by the esteemed Elizabeth Anionwu who, after her pioneering work on sickle cell anaemia, the Mary Seacole statue and appearing on Desert Island Discs, can now finally say she’s reached the lofty peak of being on our wee show.

You can find out more about Elizabeth’s work here: https://www.elizabethanionwu.co.uk/ and tweet her @EAnionwu

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Ed is: https://twitter.com/edfreshwater

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Intro music is:
I Want It by EpiJay ( https://music.apple.com/us/album/high-level-ep/605743629)

Incidental music is:
Peaceful by Luca Fraula
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5169-peaceful
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Outro music is:
Aunt Tagonist by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3392-aunt-tagonist
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Episode 17 – Lockdown Comedown

This episode Stuart and Ed talk about the comedown from weeks of pandemic lockdown, the challenges for nursing and public health until eventually they just lose it at the sheer ridiculousness of inept leadership and start giggling. It’s been a tough few weeks, after all… maybe we need that goat to come visit again?

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Intro music is:
I Want It by EpiJay ( https://music.apple.com/us/album/high-level-ep/605743629)

Outro music is:
Oppressive Gloom by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4174-oppressive-gloom
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What’s Next?

As everyone starts to feel the vice of lockdown ease off just that little bit, Ed & Stu took some time to reflect on what the last few months has entailed for RMN Behaving Badly.

As Covid-19 engulfed the UK, everyone (other than the Government, the millionaire directors of a sports apparel retailer & a man who sells cut price booze) recognised that we would have to lock ourselves away. The public seemed to understand what was needed; it was time to think as a community rather than as individuals.

That was when the ‘live-pods‘ came into being, a mechanism to reach out to our RMNBB community. The plan was simple; bring people together at a time when isolation & loneliness began to take hold for many. When the pressure of work was becoming the new normal and when a good PRN laugh was required STAT!

Over the course of ten weeks we hosted 4 live events joined by an array of talented comedians John Scott, Susanne Morrison, Suzie McCabe & Lost Voice Guy (Lee Ridley). Murdo Mitchell, an outstanding young singer songwriter joined us, wowing the audience with his own material & sharing the Baldy Heid song (I’m working on forgiving him – Ed).

Our most recent guest Darren McGarvey, award winning author of Poverty Safari, spoke passionately and eloquently about his views on the socio-political landscape of the UK. Darren highlighted what might be done to better engage those communities abandoned on the periphery of capitalism, and the ways in which we Mental Health Nurses might gain greater insight into individuals living subject to the most appalling inequality.

Our fabulous group of Patrons have also grown since we launched our Patreon page in May. With 27 regular patrons & several associated private sponsors (sadly nothing from Highland Park yet…) we are now able to sustain our communication networks, develop our technology & pay guests for their time & talent.

As the world powers on regardless of Covid19 and the vast inequalities on our society are laid bare, Ed & Stu are keen to use RMN Behaving Badly as a means of positively influencing the social, political & environmental landscape for MH Nurses & the communities we work within.

Inequality manifests itself in so many forms, some subtle, others overt. The distressing & utterly heinous acts perpetrated upon the late George Floyd (tragically only the most recent in a litany of discriminatory extrajudicial executions) has brought to the fore the grotesque presence of racism in our society, our profession & institutions. It would be inconceivable to allow the momentum generated by the Black Lives Matter movement to be lost.

As a member of the Nursing family, MH Nurses know only to well the variances in treatment & application of the law often elicited upon BAME patients. We are also sorely aware of the disproportionate number of our Nursing Brothers & Sisters who have lost their lives whilst caring for people throughout the pandemic, our thoughts are with them, their families, friends & colleagues.

As RMN Behaving Badly grows, so Ed & Stuart want to ensure that we can do more than just bring these issues to the fore, debate them & challenge them; we want to develop a tangible response to tackling inequalities wherever they may be found.

We have yet to discuss the blight of homelessness, the state of prison care & its inherent lack of rehabilitation, or the connections between drug dependency, drug deaths & disillusionment of so many citizens in the UK. We need to talk about services for children, those with complex needs and raising the profile of nurses in care provided. And we need to talk about making nurses’ voices louder and more persuasive than the truth-twisting perpetuators of the status quo (And Status Quo as well, they have a LOT to answer for – Ed).

To help us take our next steps we will be hosting a Patron Chat in the very near future to draw on their experiences & expertise. We hope to harness their input to develop a manifesto; a ‘road-map’ if you will of where we can take RMN Behaving Badly & upon what we will focus our energies. We might even collate it into a little red book…

Stay safe, don’t forget to subscribe, and we’ll speak to you soon.

Stuart & Ed