NURSES from Hampshire will join thousands of colleagues today gathering for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Annual Congress.

The four-day conference being held in Liverpool unites the country’s nurses, health care assistants and students.

They will debate and share their experiences of the latest policies in nursing practice, public health and employment.

Southampton RCN member Pat Kemish will propose a resolution to review work targets she says are “unrealistic” and damaging staff morale and patient care.

The congress will also discuss the effects of integrated care and the impact of poor working environments on the mental, emotional and physical health of nursing staff and the effects of bullying on patients.