Well, I think it's fair to say that everyone in the Perceptions team has been absolutely blown away with the response we've had to the July challenge. The challenge was to ask nurses and midwives to write a blog to celebrate achievements and innovation in their professions. 

What can I do? 

So you might be asking yourself, what are all of these nurses and midwives blogging about, I can't think of anything to say! Well, you can blog about anything you like to show pride in your professions. Below you can see our building blocks for positive perceptions which were created by thousands of nurses, midwives and patients. We would like to encourage you to blog about these building blocks, for example you might choose to blog about growing the talent and all of the amazing skills which you've developed in your profession. Or you might blog about connecting with your values and why you entered the profession. It's entirely up to you, we know that whatever you write will be brilliant. 

In case the building blocks aren't inspiring you and you are really not sure what you want to blog about. It really helps to talk it through with people. I'd recommend joining our Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery Ambassadors Facebook group and posting in there for some ideas, support and inspiration. And hey, even if you don't find what you're looking for, you'll get to meet some of our amazing ambassadors! 

One thing which really helps is practice, I was terrified of blogging before joining Horizons but after I wrote a few blogs for our tweets of the week, my confidence grew and I realised that it can be pretty fun once you get into it! For more advice on blogging, please visit Leigh Kendall's blog about getting started because quite frankly, she rocks at blogging! 

One of our ambassadors, Charlotte Hall challenged her fellow ambassadors to take it a mile further and submit a blog a day. She even came up with ideas for what each blog can be about. 

Now, I want to make sure that everyone who's reading this isn't thinking, a blog a day? There's no way I can do that! Well I'll be quite honest with you, I probably couldn't do it either, but you don't have to. All we're asking is for you to write one blog. We absolutely love that lots of you are writing more but we recognise that you have incredibly busy jobs (and lives for that matter) and we want you to do what you can. 

A Reflection

I had expected to write this blog at the end of the month, but with more than 120 blogs being submitted in the first week there was a very real risk that it would have been the same length of my MA dissertation, and no one wants to go through that again or have the job of reading it!

Enough from me, this is about YOU. These are our blogs which have been submitted so far* with their title, the name of the nurse or midwife who wrote it and a link to read it yourself, which is something I highly recommend. 

Cara Southgate, Celebrating Nursing - Community Hospital Matron, Dear my future nurse48 years a nurse and what a career, Nurses Work in So Many Settings Some You Would Not Think Of, Our NHS is 70 today. Judy, today’s blogger has worked as a Nurse for over 40 years!, I Fell Into Nursing By Accident..., Hard Work and Dedication Can Get You to Your Dream Job, I am really proud to working with Louise Sawford as an ambassador for the Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery campaign. We are going to Blog for 31 days during July!!!

Aimie Morgan, Mum vs. Student Nurse: The rollercoaster of juggling children while training to be a nurse - July 1st 2018, July 2nd 2018 – 20 facts about me……, July 3rd 2018 – My favourite nursing quote….., July 4th 2018 – my dream job, July 5th 2018 – Happy Birthday NHS

Claire Carmichael, Diary of a Student Nurse - My blog Name and Purpose, 20 Facts About Me, My favourite nursing quote, My dream job, Celebrating the NHS 70, What I fear in the future of nursing, My five most motivational songs

Kim Grimmer, A Diary of a Primary Care Nurse - NHS 30 day challenge – Day 1,  Day 2 – 20 facts about me!, Day 3 – My Favourite Nursing Quote, Day 4 – My Dream Job, Day 5 – NHS 70th Birthday celebrations, Day 6 – What I fear in the Future of Nursing

Rachael Lambe, Rachael's Journey - #HelloMyNameIs Rachael, 20 facts about you, Your favourite nursing quote, Your dream job, Celebrating #NHS70, What do you fear in the future of nursing?

Craig Davidson, Craig's Considerations: Diary of a Hufflepuff nurse - Welcome to Craig’s Considerations: Day one, 20 facts about me… here goes!, My favourite nursing quote…, Dream job(s)… hopes for my future career, Celebrating #NHS70, What do I fear in the future of nursing?, My five most motivating songs…

Danielle Evans, The journey to making a difference: little blogs about my journey becoming a registered nurse - Where it all began…, Day 1: NHS Horizons 30 DAY Challenge, DAY 2: 20 Facts about me…, DAY 3: My favourite nursing quote(s), DAY 4: My dream job, DAY 6: My fear for the future of nursing…

Dann Gooding, Daniel's Diary: Nursing, Wedding Planning and Me! - DAY 1 of the NHS 30 Day challenge!, 20 Facts about me!, “My favourite nursing quotes.”, My dream job, Celebrating #NHS70 & a reflection., My fears about the future of nursing, My top 5 favourite motivation songs

Nat Brooks, Tales of a newly qualified nurse - The Journey Begins, 20 Things About Me, 3 of my favourite Nursing Quotes

Charlotte Hall - Nurse Bloggers, Day 1 Vlog, What is the #NHS70 30-day challenges?, 20 facts about me…, My Dream Job…, Favourite nursing quote, Fears for the future of nursing

Kate Pound - A Letter to My Daughter on Becoming a Nurse

Jessica Sainsbury, Musings of a student nurse - Introducing my blog, A little bit about me…, My favourite nursing quote 

Lynsay Ward - Nurse Bloggers Challenge, Your dream job, What do you fear in the future of nursing?, 5 most motivational songs, Favourite nursing quote 

Debs Cooper, Hello, my name is Debs: registered nurse, keen writer, hiker, book worm and proud geek! Blogging about all things nursing, the occasional poem & things that matter to me! - #NurseBloggers challenge day 1 – name & purpose, #NurseBloggers challenge day 2- 20 facts about me, #NurseBloggers challenge day 3- my favourite nursing quote, #NurseBloggers challenge day 4 – my dream (nursing) job, #NurseBloggers challenge day 5 – Celebrating #NHS70, #NurseBloggers challenge day 6- what I fear in the future of Nursing

Rachael Palmer - Favourite quote, Dream job, Celebrating NHS70 

Charlotte Cooley - The Brilliant World of Practice Nursing

Hayley Mounsey - "Ignite Your Passion And Find Your Calling"- Quote

Lesley Bainbridge - What do nurses and midwives perceive nursing and midwifery to be? An ambassador's blog

Kerry Cope - 20 facts about me

Danielle Gillett - 'What do you do?'

Vidya Pundit-Dermody - Hello, my name is Vidya and I would like to talk about embracing diversity and colleagues from different backgrounds as we are all nurses after all.

Vicky - Poem to celebrate nurses

Zara Head, the blog of a 40 something nurse - Better late than never, Day two challenge- 20 facts about me, Day 3 (I’m catching up)!, Day 4. I caught up!, Day 5 Happy 70th Birthday NHS. A letter to myself as a student 29 years ago, Day 6, The challenge for today is what do I fear about the future of nursing?, Day 7 of the challenge, the question for today is what are my 5 most motivational songs?

Emily Goss - My dream job

Abby, The Adventures of a Student Mental Health Nurse: The highs and lows of a Year Two Mental Health Student Nurse - Day 1 of the #30daychallenge, Day 2 of the #30daychallenge, Day 3 of the #30daychallenge, Day 4 of the #30daychallenge, Day 5 of the #30daychallenge, Day 6 of the #30daychallenge, Day 7 of the #30daychallenge 

Beth Archer, Emergency Nurse in the making: Diary of a student nurse's journey to becoming an emergency nurse - Welcome and a little about me

Emma Virgilio, Ramblings of a raucous research nurse - Here we go again! My intro, 20 facts about me, Day 3 challenge, favourite nurse quote, Challenge 4, my dream job, Celebrating NHS at 70, Day 6 what you fear in the future of nursing, Day 7 motivational songs

Rachel Cotton, Heart of a (Student) Nurse - Day 1: NHS’ 30 day #NurseBloggers challenge – My blog’s name and purpose, Day 2: NHS’ #NurseBloggers Challenge – 20 Facts About Me, Day 3: NHS’ 30 Day #NurseBloggers Challenge – My Fave Nursing Quote, Day 4: NHS’ 30 Day #NurseBloggers challenge – My Dream Job, Day 5: NHS’ 30 Day #NurseBloggers Challenge: Celebrating #NHS70, Day 6: NHS’ 30 Day #NurseBloggers Challenge – What I Fear in the Future of Nursing, Day 7: NHS’ 30 Day #NurseBloggers Challenge – My 5 Most Motivating Songs

Rebecca Wharmby, Nightingale45 - How on earth did I get here? 

Sharon Kempson, the research nurse - The Journey Begins, 20 facts about me, Favourite nursing quotes/thoughts….., Day 4 of my 30 day challenge, My Dream job….., Day 5 of the 30 day challenge Celebrating #NHS70…., Day 6: What you fear in the future of nursing., Day 7: 30 day challenge My motivational songs.

Olivia Logan, The unmapped nurse - 20 Facts about me #NurseBlogger, My favourite Nursing Quote

*If you've submitted a blog this week which hasn't been included in this blog, please email me on rosalind.redstone@nhs.net.