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Tackling the professional issues facing RCN members

 Melanie Johnson 21 Feb 2018

The creation of two separate committees to steer the RCN’s professional and trade union work is a landmark moment for the College, and one I was keen to throw my support behind by standing for election. I was delighted to be elected as Chair of the new Professional Nursing Committee, and to be given the opportunity to work alongside a diverse and experienced group of RCN members with such passion for nursing.

Melanie Johnson, Chair of the RCN Professional Nursing Committee and Northern region ex-officio Board member

I’ve been a member of the RCN since 1983 and have been involved with various forums over the years. I feel very strongly about the identity of the College from a professional perspective.

Professional issues are more important than ever before; safe staffing levels, recruitment and retention, pre- and post-registration education – these are all close to my heart.

But the committee isn’t for following personal interests. It’s about tackling the issues facing RCN members and carrying out the priorities of RCN Council as decided at Congress.

I’m looking forward to working closely with Council, and with my colleagues on the RCN Trade Union Committee. We are two sides of the same coin and, although approaching things from different angles, will work together whenever possible.

I’m very excited about my new role and using my skills and experience to allow the committee to work effectively.

Melanie Johnson, Chair of the RCN Professional Nursing Committee

Melanie Johnson

Chair of the Professional Nursing Committee

Director of Nursing and Patient Experience for City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

After qualifying as a registered nurse in 1985 at St Thomas’ Hospital London, Melanie Johnson RGN MSc BA(Hons) held a variety of clinical and management posts in London and Leeds.

She was Director of Nursing in Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust and in NHS Lothian Health Board based in Edinburgh before joining City Hospitals Sunderland in January 2016 as Executive Director of Nursing and Quality.

Now as Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Experience for South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group, since November 2016, she is the professional lead for nursing and allied health professionals and executive lead for patient experience, research and innovation and safeguarding.

Her key professional interests are the unique contribution of the registered nurse, safe staffing levels, and leadership.