A nurse has been awarded a life fellowship by the Society for Acute Medicine for the first time.
Elizabeth Myers, a nurse consultant for acute medicine with NHS Tayside, received the honorary life fellowship at the society’s international conference in Manchester on 11 October.
The society, which is the national representative body for the specialty of acute medicine, described her as a “strong and powerful advocate for patients, nurses and allied health professionals”.
She was an executive council member of the society from 2002 to 2011 and it said the fellowship was in “recognition of her invaluable input and work” to the organisation.
It said its first award of an honorary life fellowship to a nurse “demonstrates SAM’s commitment to the importance of the multi-professional team in acute medicine”.
Society president Chris Roseveare said: “I was delighted to be able to present this award to Elizabeth, on behalf of the Society for Acute Medicine, in recognition of the huge contribution which she made to the development of acute medicine over the past decade.”
Dr Myers said: “I am extremely honoured to receive this award and I hope it will encourage other nurses to take up leadership roles.
“It is only by working as a team that we will truly improve patient care.”
Dr Myers trained as a general nurse at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and undertook specialist training general intensive care at Guy’s Hospital in London.
She has two research degrees and a PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University.