Royal College of Nursing chief executive and general secretary Janet Davies has been elected to the executive committee of the European Federation of Nurses Associations.
The federation brings together 32 national nursing organisations across Europe with the aim of influencing healthcare policy and sharing best practice.
“It has never been more critical that nursing organisations in Europe work together”
Also elected to the committee are Elizabeth Adams, director of professional development at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, Veronika Di Cara, international officer at the Czech Nurses Association, and Sineva Ribeiro, president of the Swedish Association of Health Professionals – Vardforbundet.
Ms Davies took over the role of RCN chief executive from Peter Carter in August 2015, having spent nine years as executive director of nursing and service delivery.
Prior to joining the college, she was chief executive of Mersey Regional Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
Speaking on her new role with the federation, she said: “I am honoured to be elected to the EFN executive committee, and join some of the most influential nursing advocates in Europe.
“It has never been more critical that nursing organisations in Europe work together to present a united front against the challenges facing the nursing profession, from workforce shortages to global health issues,” she said.
She added: “As Brexit negotiations continue, it’s essential that nursing organisations remain allied to ensure the very best health and care services in Europe and worldwide.”