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Professor Nicola Ranger is the newly appointed Director of Nursing

Posted on October 2022 By Aaliyah Borgia

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Professor Nicola Ranger is the newly appointed Director of Nursing.

The Royal College of Nursing has appointed Nicola Ranger as its new director of nursing. The professor who has previously worked in Intensive Care Nursing has held various leadership positions throughout her career. It has been announced that she will join the RCN from King’s College Hospital NHS foundation team where Ms Ranger has worked as the Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Midwifery since July 2019.

Professor Ranger expressed that she was willing to take up a senior position at the RCN in December as Susan Aitkenhead, stepped down in January this year. Ms Ranger has planned to lead in education, clinical workforce and patient safety issues.

She will also work closely alongside the RCN’s governing Council, forums and Professional Nursing Committee to ensure they promote and advance the art and science of nursing.

Earlier in Nicola’s career, she was a Chief Nursing and Patient Safety Officer in Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals for roughly two years. Before that, she was director of nursing for four and a half years at the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Ranger also worked in Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York and America’s George Washington University Hospital in Washington.

Ms Ranger expressed how she was “really excited to be joining the RCN” and that she is looking forward to meeting and working with nursing colleagues across the country in her new role.

“I am so proud to be a nurse and believe passionately in nursing as a profession,” Nicola added.

Pat Cullen RCN’s Chief Executive and General Secretary said “in a distinguished field, Nicola’s passion, commitment and vast expertise shone through. This appointment is crucial to the RCN’s professional work, and she will provide clear leadership for our members in this area.

“We are at a critical moment for nursing and Nicola will join a dedicated team committed to advancing the profession and to enabling safe and effective patient care.”

Nicole added that “I’m really excited to be joining the RCN and look forward to meeting and working closely with other nurses and colleagues.”