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University honours leader of national nursing charity

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The chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation has been given an honorary doctorate in recognition of her services to nursing and midwifery.

Professor Elizabeth Robb received the honorary doctorate from Plymouth University at a ceremony on 26 September.

She said it was a privilege to attend the event and was proud to witness so many keen and inspired graduates about to embark on their nursing careers.

In a speech, she gave focused on providing effective and compassionate care and echoed Florence Nightingale’s famous words, to “never give or take any excuse”.

The ceremony was also attended by three of the foundation’s leadership alumni who are based in Devon – Professor Trish Livsey, dean of Plymouth University, Sue Stock, head of midwifery at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Roisin McKeon-Carter, clinical director at the trust.

Professor Robb became chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in April 2010, having previously won a scholarship from the foundation herself in 2006.

The foundation awards a range of scholarships each year to nurses to help advance the study of nursing and to promote excellence in practice.

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