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Leading RCN activist to stand down


Royal College of Nursing council member and former council chair Sandra James is to stand down, it has been announced.  

A mental health nurse by background, she has spent 30 years as an RCN activist, sat on the RCN council since 1994 and chaired it from 2009-11.

The college said Ms James intended to stand down from the council in October to “pursue other commitments”.

A leading light for nursing in the Channel Islands, it was announced in April Ms James had been elected as a deputy in the parliament of Guernsey.

She was made an MBE last year for services to nursing in Guernsey and the UK.

Kath McCourt, current chair of the RCN Council, said: “I would like to thank Sandra for the invaluable contribution she has made as a member of council and in representing RCN members in the South East region.

“Sandra has always shown an enormous level of commitment to the RCN and nursing and I know members from all over the country will wish Sandra well in her future endeavours.”

Peter Carter, RCN chief executive and general secretary, paid tribute to Ms James’ “outstanding contribution” to the RCN.

He added: “During Sandra’s term of office as chair of RCN council she led on many significant changes to the College – not least the establishment of the RCN Foundation as distinct from the RCN.

“The RCN owes Sandra an enormous debt of gratitude and I would like personally to thank her for the diligence and fortitude she has consistently shown.”


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  • Will anyone notice any difference?

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  • Yes!

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  • Anonymous | 7-Jun-2012 6:40 pm Who? I won't. I think we have seriously differing ideas on what an activist is. What issues has she been active about? I'd never even heard of this 'leading' activist until now, and that's despite ALL the problems and issues nursing is facing. So I repeat, will anyone really notice any difference??

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  • there seem to be communication problems between the RCN, its members and other nurses. This is also the first time I have heard of this position as a member since the mid 1970s.

    Judging by the fact that people binned their recent voting papers and the poor turnout on an important issue affecting all nurses may be an indication that the information is not being presented in an adequate and more inspiring manner if it is just being perceived as more junk mail to bin!

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