The chain gang

Inspiration for the next generation of RCN Presidents

Tales of RCN Presidents past make for inspirational reading, but with elections for a new President fast approaching, could you be the next chapter in the story?


Although it was Dame Sarah Swift who founded what would become the Royal College of Nursing in 1916 – and who was the driving force behind the College in its early years – she was not the first to assume the role of President.

This historic position dates back to 1922, and while Swift did serve as President between 1925 and 1927, the first to fulfill the role was Dame Sidney Browne, from 1922 to 1925.

Elected by RCN members, the President is a member of RCN Council and works alongside the Chair of Council and Chief Executive to champion the work of the RCN and its members.

For nearly 100 years, 36 RCN Presidents have acted as ambassadors for the College and for nursing, representing the RCN and nursing across the UK and around the world, and serving as role models to members and wider health care professionals.

Current President Cecilia Anim says she has been inspired by the achievements of her predecessors. “I look to past RCN Presidents as inspirational leaders, taking the College on its journey to promote high quality standards of care and to uphold the integrity of the nursing profession,” she says.


Could you be next?

If you're not sure whether your shoulders could take the weight of the President's chain, take a look at  our past Presidents for inspiration.  


Count me in!

If you think you've got what it takes to represent RCN members, take advantage of some great opportunities and directly influence the work of the College, head to the election web pages to find out more about the role and how to stand. Nominations close on 20 July.

www.rcn.org.uk/elections

Not ready to be President yet? Make sure you share this story with any RCN friends you think might fit the bill and visit the elections page to see what other roles are open for nominations right now.