For most of our members, nursing isn’t just a career. BCNU is inviting members to take part in a new initiative, aptly named, These Are Our Nurses, aimed at highlighting the passion, professionalism and commitment of nurses working in a variety of health care settings around the province.The goal of this initiative is to build camaraderie among nurses and raise awareness with the public about the valuable work nurses do every day to provide safe patient care to British Columbians. This has been especially challenging during a global pandemic in an already strained health care system.Members can participate by submitting a short video answering the questions below:1. Why did you get into nursing?2. Being a nurse during the pandemic has been important because…3. Being a nurse during the pandemic has made me feel….4. Why do you continue to nurse?5. What do you think government and employers need to do to hire and retain nurses?When recoding, be mindful of your background. Please ensure that no one else is captured in your video. The privacy and confidentiality of others must be respected. Don’t film colleagues or patients in your clip, even inadvertently. Please remember submissions should not be recorded at work.A little bit of preplanning will go a long way to getting your video message across. Here are a few tips and tricks to consider:
Pick a quiet space to film your message that gets a lot of natural light or use an additional light source like overhead or table lamps to ensure you are well-lit.
Hold your phone horizontally (lengthwise, in landscape mode) while recording your message.
Prop up your phone to ensure footage is stable and crisp. If you have a tripod, use that. If you ask someone to hold your phone to record you, ensure they hold the phone as still and steady as possible.
Centre yourself on the video screen. Do a test recording to make sure you are close enough to capture clear audio without too much background noise.
Be mindful of your background. Please ensure that no one else is captured in your video. The privacy and confidentiality of others must be respected. Don’t film colleagues or patients in your clip, even inadvertently.
Wear neutral colours and clothing, if possible. Scrubs are ok and don’t forget your BCNU lanyards!
Please remember submissions should not be recorded at work.
Submitted member videos may be used in full or partially in internal and external communications including outreach for National Nursing Week (May 10-16), BCNU’s 2021 Convention (June 1-3) and BCNU Day (June 11) promotional materials. This initiative will also be promoted on BCNU’s social media channels with the hashtag #BCNurses.
By submitting a video, you acknowledge and grant BCNU the rights to use your image/video footage in any of its promotional materials, both external and internal.
Your video submission can be uploaded via a form on the BCNU Member Portal (under Quick Links). As a token of our appreciation for your time and efforts, the union will be sending each member who submits a video a BCNU-branded mask.
The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 12.
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