Janet Davies has started her new role as chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing with a pledge to make it an “even louder voice for nursing than it already is”.
Ms Davies, an RCN director for the last nine years, began her tenure by telling the college’s members that she hoped to meet as many of them as possible over the next few months.
She said: “This is an important time for the RCN as we move towards our centenary in 2016.
“I look forward to meeting many members in the coming months, and hearing directly about the issues affecting their lives and work,” she said.
Writing in a blog, Ms Davies said she wanted to set out her priorities for the RCN and what she would be doing to support its members.
She said it was both a “really exciting” and an “incredibly challenging” time to be a nurse or healthcare assistant.
“I still think nursing is the best profession in the world to be in – our work is incredibly important, and also fantastically rewarding,” she said.
“Our work as nurses and healthcare assistants combines clinical excellence with extraordinary caring skills in a way that no other job does in quite the same way,” she added. “My role is about supporting you to do that work as well as you possibly can.”
Former incumbent Peter Carter stepped down on Friday after eight years in the role.