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60 seconds with RCN professional lead Christine McKenzie

When an opportunity arises, grab it, says Christine McKenzie, RCN professional lead for the executive nurse network.  

When an opportunity arises, grab it, says Christine McKenzie, RCN professional lead for the executive nurse network 

Christine McKenzie joined the RCN in 2004 as a clinical leadership facilitator, having previously worked as a practice development nurse. Her clinical roles include staff nurse, ward sister and manager for a centre providing women’s services at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London. She is RCN professional lead for the executive nurse network and professional learning and development facilitator for the London region.

What are your main work responsibilities?  
To provide learning and development advice as well as support across the London region, and lead the RCN executive nurse network.

Who are your clients/patients?
I work with a range of health professionals to enhance the experience of patients, families and staff working in and across health and social care.

What do you love about your job?  
The variety – no two days are the same – and when my work makes a difference. 

What do you find most difficult? 
Trying to fit everything in can be a challenge, especially now that I am doing a master’s degree. 

What is your top priority at work?
To engage with the nursing profession and RCN members at all levels, while keeping abreast of local and national initiatives within health and social care.

How have you developed your skills in this role? 
By accessing personal development opportunities, and having a good support network and effective mentoring relationships over the years. Studying for a master’s has been invaluable. 

What has been your most formative career experience? 
I qualified as a state enrolled nurse in 1989, converting to a registered general nurse in 1992. This opened up many career choices that would otherwise not have been possible.

If you hadn’t become a nurse, what would you have done instead? 
I would have become a photographer.

What is the best lesson nursing has taught you? 
That I can make a difference to someone’s experience. 

What career advice would you give your younger self? 
When an opportunity comes up, take it, and believe you can do it. 

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