RCN president recognised for ‘outstanding contribution’ to health research

Fellowship helps to highlight nurses’ role in research, says Anne Marie Rafferty

Fellowship helps to highlight nurses’ role in research, says Anne Marie Rafferty

Professor of nursing policy and RCN president Anne Marie Rafferty. Picture: Barney Newman

The only nurse to be named among 50 new fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences is RCN president Anne Marie Rafferty.

Professor Rafferty, who is professor of nursing policy at King’s College London, joins some of the UK’s leading figures in health and biomedical science in being elected to the role.

The Academy of Medical Sciences is an independent UK body representing the diversity of medical science. It aims to advance biomedical and health research and its use to benefit society.

Translating research into benefits for patients 

Professor Rafferty was selected for an outstanding contribution to advancing medical science and translating research developments into benefits for patients and wider society.

Accepting her fellowship, Professor Rafferty said it helps to highlight the role nurses play in health research.

‘I am proud to represent the nursing profession through this fellowship,’ she said. ‘Nurses across the country will take heart that they are being recognised not only for their hard work caring for patients, but also for their contribution to health research that improves the care patients receive.’

She added that she hoped more nurses would receive the fellowship in future.

Professor Rafferty will be formally admitted to the academy at a ceremony on 26 June.

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