The former director of the Queen’s Nursing Institute has been made an honorary professor.
Rosemary Cook, who stepped down as director of the QNI in July, has been made an honorary professor by Buckinghamshire New University, in recognition of her highly successful career in nursing and her links with the university.
Ms Cook said: “I am very honoured to receive this award from Buckinghamshire New University.
She added: “The university and the QNI have been partners in a really exciting, innovative venture, the Nurse First programme, and I’m sure the same spirit of enquiry and enterprise has been passed on to these students during their studies.”
Ms Cook qualified as a nurse in 1980. After working in hospitals for five years, she worked as a practice nurse in Stone, near Stafford.
Following eight years as a primary care manager, she was appointed as nursing officer for primary care at the Department of Health, and later led the Working Time Directive programme at the NHS Modernisation Agency.
She was appointed as director of the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2005. In August she began a new job as chief executive of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.
Ms Cook was made a CBE in 2008 for services to nursing and healthcare.