Nursing Times has unveiled the names of the nurses and midwives judged to be the profession’s most inspirational leaders.
Nursing Times Leaders is a brand new initiative to celebrate nurses and midwives who have been pioneers, entrepreneurs and inspirational role models to their profession.
“Our Leaders list is that it throws up some surprising names that maybe you – or indeed I – would not have thought of”
A special supplement naming the 46 nurses and midwives to feature on our first Nursing Times Leaders list can be downloaded from the Nursing Times website.
The list includes inspirational members of the profession from frontline care, management, academia and education.
An event to celebrate the inaugural Nursing Times Leaders list was also held last night in London.
Nursing times editor Jenni Middleton said: “We were looking for a set of nurses who have changed practice for the better, shown visionary thinking, had a major positive impact and role modeled exceptional behaviours for others to imitate.
“We also wanted to see nurses whose influence spread beyond nursing to affect the wider healthcare arena, and to feel that the people in this list would leave a legacy – that nursing would have changed for the better as a result of their contribution,” she said.
She added: “What’s interesting about our Leaders list is that it throws up some surprising names that maybe you – or indeed I – would not have thought of.
“These include an agency nurse who posted 1,000 tweets about healthcare to combat professional isolation, a second year student nurse who changed the way people viewed pressure ulcers and a mental health nurse who decided to write a novel about the work of a nurse, and won a coveted national literary award.”
The nurses on the list were chosen by a judging panel of 10, which included former chief nursing officer for England Dame Christine Beasley, Imperial College Healthcare Trust director of nursing Janice Sigsworth and Health Education West Midlands director Professor Janice Stevens.