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60 Seconds with associate professor Stacy Johnson

Lift as you climb, and always share what you have learned with others, says nurse academic Stacy Johnson.

Lift as you climb, and always share what you have learned with others, says nurse academic Stacy Johnson

Stacy Johnson. Picture: Tim George

Stacy Johnson came to the UK at age 19 from Trinidad and Tobago to study nursing at the University of Surrey, qualifying as an RN (Adult) in 1994. She worked in various specialities in London before moving to the University of Nottingham. Her first role at the university was research assistant in the School of Economics. She is currently associate professor in the School of Health Sciences.     

What are your main work responsibilities? 

Teaching and researching nursing, race equality, diversity and inclusion, leadership and entrepreneurship. I work to improve the experience and success of black and minority ethnic students and staff in universities and in the NHS. 

What do you love about your job?

The variety. This month alone I have taught, visited nursing students in practice, hosted 45 students from Portugal, Ireland, Slovenia and the UK, and spoken at a workshop in Bangkok.

What do you find most difficult?

Juggling everything.

How have you developed your skills in this role?

Through following my curiosity, and listening to and observing people who are giants in their field. 

What has been your most formative career experience?

The Mary Seacole Leadership Award in 2012 changed my life. That programme made me politically aware and bolder about influencing those with decision-making power in nursing and higher education.  

What will be your next career move?

My focus next is supporting NHS organisations to implement reverse mentoring so as to improve workforce equality, diversity and inclusion.  

What is the best lesson nursing has taught you?

Lift as you climb. Keep moving upwards but share your blessings and what you learn with others.

What career advice would you give your younger self?

Do better than those who came before you. Find a mentor early. Don’t be afraid – but if you are, use fear as the catalyst for courage.

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