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Nurse consultant and BME advisory group chair Joan Myers supports, empowers and motivates students and qualified nurses to achieve their goals
Joan Myers

Nurse consultant and BME advisory group chair Joan Myers supports, empowers and motivates students and qualified nurses to achieve their goals

Childrens nursing expert and BME pioneer Joan Myers has held a variety of posts in childrens services during her 30-year nursing career, including staff nurse, paediatric home care nurse, paediatric district nurse and childrens community nursing team leader.

Currently nurse consultant for children and young people at North East London NHS Foundation Trust and a part-time senior lecturer for community childrens nursing at London South Bank University, she is also chair of the chief nursing officer for Englands BME advisory group. In 2013 she was awarded an OBE for services to children and nursing.

What are your main work responsibilities? I work with children and young people across the trust, and provide advice and support to school nursing, health visiting,

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Nurse consultant and BME advisory group chair Joan Myers supports, empowers and motivates students and qualified nurses to achieve their goals

 Children’s nursing expert and BME pioneer Joan Myers has held a variety of posts in children’s services during her 30-year nursing career, including staff nurse, paediatric home care nurse, paediatric district nurse and children’s community nursing team leader. 

Currently nurse consultant for children and young people at North East London NHS Foundation Trust and a part-time senior lecturer for community children’s nursing at London South Bank University, she is also chair of the chief nursing officer for England’s BME advisory group. In 2013 she was awarded an OBE for services to children and nursing. 

What are your main work responsibilities?  
I work with children and young people across the trust, and provide advice and support to school nursing, health visiting, community children’s nursing and child and adolescent mental health services. I also work 2 days a week as a senior lecturer, teaching undergraduate children’s nursing students. 

How did you get your job?  
I had been a clinical nurse consultant for 11 years, and then head of children’s services across the hospital and community when I saw the advert for a new strategic nurse consultant post.

Who are your clients/patients?
Junior nurses, who I motivate, mentor and support, and students studying to become children’s nurses. 

What do you love about your job? 
Being able to support, empower, teach and encourage students and qualified nurses.

What is your top priority at work?
To do my work with excellence, and to encourage and motivate all nurses to achieve their goals for the benefit of patients and the nursing profession. 

How have you developed your skills in this role? 
Through training and development and being given opportunities to take on new work, with support and advice from great mentors and coaches.

What has been your most formative career experience? 
My top career-defining moments were when I got my first nurse consultant role in 2003, and when I got a secondment to the Department of Health for 2 years as the chief nursing officer’s adviser on BME nursing and patient issues. 

What career advice would you give your younger self? 
It is important to keep up to date, so be prepared for lifelong learning. And always believe you can get to the next level, one rung at a time.

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