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Revealed: The country’s most inspirational nurse leaders

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”

Jenni Middleton

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.

jenni_right gapJenni Middleton

“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.

Nursing Times Leaders

Readers' comments (10)

  • Can they get us decent pay?? No, thought not

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  • I notice that the leaders list was chosen by a panel of people from "the great and the good" who have maintained the status quo and often did not approve of people who"rocked the boat" in the interests of their staff and patients.

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  • Jean White early promoter of safe staffing in Wales....really? Who told you that Jean White? Have you not seen one of your other winners recent reports into the shocking standards of care at one of her hospitals in Wales and what happened to the Nurse Director of that hospital, she now heads up the special project group that Jean White has put together to promote better standards of patient care, if it wasn't so sad it would be laughable.
    I wonder why NT has not reported the new task-force that has been set up following Prof Andrews report into elderly care at ABMHB ....could it be that this Trust won an award at the 2013 NT awards for Care of the Older patient.
    Jean White is invisible in Wales, grass-roots nurses have no idea who she is and how her role should effect them. The Health Minister in Wales has just launched a special inspection team, they will be arriving at any hospital at anytime to carry out an inspection and who does this special task-force report to? Directly to the Health Minister....does this not suggest that even he has little faith in the CNO, shouldn't the task force report to her, they are after all nurses. The task-force has been given the job of checking that staff are not telling patients to go the toilet in their beds.
    Shame on you NT for not carrying out any investigating journalism in Wales, standards here are very poor but no-one is holding them to account

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  • Anon above - here is the link to the report you have mentioned and I sadly agree with everything you have said, nothing will change in nursing until the nursing times stops showering honours on the very people who are casuing the problems. Nursing in Wales is in a mess and has been for years, there are no effective nurse leaders in Wales (to be fair you had to scrub around to find just one) and pretending there are by having these type of awards are only adding to the problems.

    Report of the external independent Review of the Princess of Wales Hospital and Neath Port Talbot Hospital at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

    http://wales.gov.uk/topics/health/publications/health/reports/care/?lang=en

    I would suggest the inclusion of Jean White is a nod to Welsh readers of the NT nothing to do with quality leadership.

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  • Inspirational Leaders lol! Another example of the great and the good congratulating themselves on being marvellous, stop preaching to the converted and come up with an inpsirational plan on how to engage all nurses in the NHS. Awards and social media are mudding the waters and make organisations think they have an engaged workforce, lots of nurses don't even read the nursing times and couldn't pick their CNO out of a line-up.

    Get real before its too late.

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  • Its a bit sad isn't it that a story on inspirational nurse leaders has only 5 FB likes, 2 Tweets & 5 comments and the story is 2 days old. Inspirational they may be to the Nursing Times but overlooked it seems by the profession, I wonder why?

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  • Why do we have to keep patting people on the back for doing what should be the norm, Nursing to a high standard!
    This was also pointed out in the Andrews report.

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  • I agree with all the posts above, I have been working in the NHS for years and it has gotten steadily worse, yet we seem to have more so called great Leaders than ever.
    The truth is we have no great leaders just people on huge salaries who do not give a damn about anyone, they just say the right things and go to endless meetings as the rest of the us slog our guts out until we burn out or get out. Soon to be EX Nurse

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