Andrea, born and based in Liverpool, joined thousands of students at a University of Lincoln graduation ceremony. Andrea has worked in nursing for almost four decades and is currently employed in the NHS as a clinical strategist. She is a longstanding RCN activist and a renowned campaigner for nursing staff and their patients.
Commenting on the honorary doctorate, Andrea said:
“While I’m personally very proud to receive this, I feel it is a great tribute to the work of the RCN and its membership in standing up for nursing and for patient care.
“I have a passion for education and it’s an immense privilege for me to take part in the graduation ceremony with the students embarking on their careers.” Nigel Horner, Head of the School of Health & Social Care at the University of Lincoln, said:
“We are delighted to be conferring an honorary doctorate on Andrea Spyropoulos to acknowledge her lifetime of commitment and dedication to the profession of nursing within the UK and beyond.
“The College of Nursing - which preceded the Royal College - was founded by a daughter of Lincolnshire, Dame Sarah Swift, in 1916, and it is most fitting that almost 100 years later, the University of Lincoln is honouring the widely acclaimed contribution of the Royal College's 38th President, Andrea Spyropoulos.”
Estephanie Dunn, Regional Director of the RCN in the North West said:
“Andrea is genuinely admired and appreciated by RCN members. She inspires people with her passion, commitment and her can-do attitude. I’m particularly proud that she is from the North West and ‘one of ours’.