My background is in Mental Health nursing so understanding and being clear about the ‘what, how and why’ comes as second nature to me and is a useful approach to utilise in my role an RCN Northern Ireland Board member.
Fundamentally I enjoy playing a vital role in a nursing organisation that I care about and have been part of for 38 years.
It provides me with the opportunity to ensure, along with my fellow Board colleagues, that the organisation is clear in its purpose and that the steps it is taking, and the ways it is organised to achieve those outcomes, is based on sound principles, processes and adheres to the values of the RCN.
I also enjoy the opportunity it affords me to celebrate nursing and our achievements and sharing evidence of the value of our work. This includes being involved in judging panels to showcase excellence in mental health nursing practice through our RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year awards.
I believe that to be an effective Board member you need to be interested in what is going on within the organisation and within nursing as a whole and I welcome the opportunity to assist new Board members in any way I can.