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Jane Salvage - empowered nurses in the UK and internationally

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A nurse, activist, writer, campaigner and academic, Jane Salvage encouraged nurses to think for themselves.

A former editor-in-chief of Nursing Times, Jane Salvage is also an international nursing expert and played a key role in coordinating the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England. She is a visiting professor at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, and works as an independent consultant.

Jane’s previous posts include editor and then editor-in-chief, Nursing Times, 1996-2001; regional adviser for nursing and midwifery at the Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization, 1991-95; and director of the Nursing Developments Programme, King’s Fund, 1988-91.

At WHO she led the development of nursing in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former USSR, when it was struggling to emerge from years of neglect.

Among her many publications Jane is probably best known for her first book, The Politics of Nursing (Heinemann 1985), which she wrote at home on a portable typewriter while building her career as a nursing journalist. This made her famous – or, as she says, infamous, with her challenge to the profession to ‘wake up and get out from under’. Empowering nurses remains her main passion (along with Arsenal FC).

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