Helen Allan, Professor of Nursing, Middlesex University, has been recognised as a Royal College of Nursing Fellow. RCN Fellowship is the highest honour the RCN can give to its members. Fellows are inspirational leaders who have made an exceptional contribution to nursing and improving health care.
Professor Helen Allan said: “I am thrilled and humbled by this honour. My grandmother and mother, who were both nurses, would be very pleased! I’m very conscious I have had inspirational colleagues who have mentored and worked with me along the way. Thanks also to my students who have been an inspiration, a challenge and a joy.”
Helen was presented with her award at the RCN Awards ceremony held on the first night of RCN Congress 2023, Sunday 14 May, in Brighton
“This Award is a huge honour, and testament to the work that Helen has done, and to how she is regarded by the wider nursing profession. We are incredibly proud of the work that she does.” Dr Sinead Mehigan, Head of Department, Nursing and Midwifery at Middlesex
Ellen McNicholas, RCN South East Regional Director, said: “My heartfelt congratulations to Helen on receiving this Fellowship. Helen was nominated by her colleagues for her contribution to nursing research and education, in particular her work on racism in nursing and infertility. Her ground-breaking work into the impact of institutional racism on internationally recruited nurses is described by a colleague as ‘ahead of its time – by at least ten years’ and is now widely cited. Her colleagues also highlighted her academic rigour and dedication, and her influence as an inspirational and caring supervisor, committed to developing future generations of nursing and midwifery researchers and scholars. This award is absolutely deserved and we are delighted Helen has been recognised in this way.”
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