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RCN Fellows and Honorary Fellows

RCN Fellowship is the highest honour we can give to our members. 

Fellows are inspirational leaders who have made an exceptional contribution to nursing and improving health care. A distinguished community of professionals, Fellows work with us to influence policy, practice, education and research. In doing so, they are leading and influencing change for the benefit of nursing and ultimately, patients.  

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Professor Daniel Kelly OBE, RN, FRCN, Convenor of RCN Fellows

Advancing the science and practice of nursing

A collection of articles by RCN Fellows to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020.
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Our publications

RCN Fellows are widely and regularly published. Read their latest work.
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Directory of Fellows

Search our alphabetised directory to dig further into our Fellows’ professional experience and expertise.
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Roll of honour

View the list of exceptional individuals honoured with an RCN Fellowship.
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Our events

View our upcoming events, as well as recordings from previous events. 
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The role of a Fellow

Find out more about a Fellow’s role and responsibilities.
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How to nominate

RCN members can submit nominations at any point during the year. 
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Hear from RCN Fellows

The Nursing Matters podcast regularly features RCN Fellows discussing nursing issues.

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Meet the coordinating team

Find out more about our coordinating committee members.

RCN Fellows and Honorary Fellows 2022

8 blog posts
  • Jane Salvage Jane Salvage 12 May 2023

    Nightingale and Empire: time for a rethink

    Now is an opportune moment to consider the implications of Florence Nightingale’s legacy.

  • Joanne Bosanquet Joanne Bosanquet 13 Mar 2023

    Getting on with it

    How this determined motto has guided one of our newest RCN Fellows, Joanne Bosanquet MBE, throughout an impressive career.

  • Deborah Sturdy Deborah Sturdy 6 Feb 2023

    Social care: the untapped nursing resource

    Deborah Sturdy CBE, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care in England, challenges the many misconceptions surrounding this unsung sector.

  • Professor Michael Brown Professor Michael Brown 13 Jan 2023

    Meeting patient expectations

    How the experience of one registered nurse highlights challenges faced across health care.

  • Jane Coad Jane Coad 16 Dec 2022

    Research careers in nursing – better together?

    RCN Fellow Professor Jane Coad had to challenge the status quo to pursue her dream of a research career in nursing. Now, she’s helping others in the field do the same.