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RCN figures named most inspirational women in health care

Published: 19 July 2013

RCN Diversity and Equalities Co-ordinator Wendy Irwin, and nursing student Molly Case have been named in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Inspirational Women in Healthcare list for 2013.

Wendy has led work not just to promote equal opportunities for black and minority ethnic nurses but also members of the gay, lesbian and transgender nursing community. She has highlighted just how few black nurses there are in senior roles and spoken out about the violence suffered by women globally. Wendy received praise from the judges who said she is someone who makes you feel glad to be alive.

“I am thrilled at being named but want to dedicate this to all the nursing staff whose compassionate care touches the lives of patients. They are truly my inspiration,” said Wendy.

Molly wrote and performed her poem “Nursing the Nation” at RCN Congress earlier this year where she received a standing ovation. Her work explains how much most nurses care and what a brilliant job they do. Since then the recording on YouTube has had nearly a quarter of a million hits. “She connected with the audience from the moment she stood up. So brave and truly inspiring,” the judges said.

This is the first HSJ list of the most inspirational women in health care and includes clinicians, health scientists, managers, academics, trade unionists, campaigners, whistleblowers, people from policy think tanks and the third sector. The judges looked for women with leadership qualities and for those who live the values they champion.

Further information

Go to the HSJ website.