The hard work and dedication of Royal College of Nursing members was recognised at the opening ceremony of its annual conference in Liverpool on Saturday evening.
Awards of Merit were presented to Jason Warriner and Zeba Arif to honour their outstanding voluntary service to the RCN and their having “gone above and beyond” what was expected to support members.
Mr Warriner, a former chair of RCN congress, was described as “well-known and highly respected figure” within and outside the college, with an “unsurpassed” knowledge of the field of sexual health.
Meanwhile, Ms Arif was described as having been an “outstanding” RCN member for more than 30 years, and a “strong, powerful and enthusiastic advocate for nurses and nursing”.
She was never afraid to make her voice heard on controversial issues, but always with “professionalism, passion and humour”, said the college.
RCN fellowships were also presented to seven members of the profession for exceptional contributions to nursing or healthcare.
They included the long-standing director of the RCN in Wales, Tina Donnelly, who has been in the role since 2004.
RCN fellows for 2017:
- Felicia Cox
- Tina Donnelly
- Debby Holloway
- Ruth Oshikanlu
- Professor Ian Peate
- Robert Sowney
- Dr Sue Woodward
Other awards presented included those for RCN representatives of the year, Student Information Officer of the Year and those from the RCN Foundation.