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Scotland’s ‘exemplary’ chief nurse to step down from role

Fellow healthcare leaders praise Fiona McQueen for her contribution to nursing
Fiona McQueen

Fellow healthcare leaders praise Fiona McQueen for her contribution to nursing

Tributes have been paid to Scotlands chief nursing officer (CNO) Fiona McQueen following the news that she is stepping down from the position.

Professor McQueen will retire at the end of June, having been in post since March 2015.

I am moving on to a new chapter in my life-stepping down from being CNO-there is now an amazing opportunity for someone to take up the position-look and see what you think-a wonderfully fulfilling opportunity to lead the profession https://t.co/LzTLPmY17i

CNO Scotland (@FionaCMcQueen) February 21, 2020

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Fellow healthcare leaders praise Fiona McQueen for her contribution to nursing

Fiona McQueen. Picture: Mike Wilkinson

Tributes have been paid to Scotland’s chief nursing officer (CNO) Fiona McQueen following the news that she is stepping down from the position.

Professor McQueen will retire at the end of June, having been in post since March 2015. 

Government praises Professor McQueen’s influence on nursing 

Health secretary for Scotland Jeane Freeman said Professor McQueen has been an ‘exemplary’ CNO who has made a significant and valuable contribution to nursing.

‘Fiona has provided consistent leadership, including important work to promote a more inclusive approach for those wanting to enter the profession.’

Ms Freeman also commended Ms McQueen for her work on quality improvement in nursing and midwifery across Scotland, and in leading on Scotland’s new NHS safe staffing law, which was introduced in 2019.

Nursing and other healthcare leaders took to social media to thank Professor McQueen for her work and wish her good luck for the future.

Professor McQueen joined the nursing register in 1982. Before becoming CNO, she was executive nurse director for NHS Ayrshire and Arran for 15 years.

Applications to fill the position are now open


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