Stronger together: why networking is key
After a long 2 years, 2022 brings the excitement of face-to-face meetings once again. Earlier this year, I stood down as the chair of the National Paediatric Parenteral Nutrition Nurses Network. It was an emotional meeting (one that I am so glad I got to do in person). It was 8 years since the first meeting and, since then, the network has grown with all paediatric intestinal failure centres in the UK represented. This group has developed colleagues into friends and seen amazing collaboration to build and develop practice to benefit patients and their families and in turn providing that all-important professional support.
Over the past 2 years we have seen some famous names in paediatric nutrition nursing retire—this network gave us the opportunity to gain knowledge and that all-important lived experiences from them to take forward. It is with many thanks that we wish them all a happy retirement.
Nutrition nurses can be small fish in large oceans and therefore the local and national networking is crucial to embed good practice throughout the patient's pathway. We are stronger together.
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