Eastleigh Nurse given Award of Merit

Pictured L-R: Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary; Sylvia Simmons; Cecilia Anim, RCN President; Maria Trewern, RCN Chair of Council.

A nurse from Eastleigh has been given a prestigious Award of Merit at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual Congress in Belfast.

Sylvia Simmons was given the award at the first night of RCN Congress, this year held in Belfast. The RCN presents Fellowships, Honorary Fellowships and Awards of Merit to those who have given an outstanding contribution to nursing, along with honours for the Learning Representative, Safety Representative and Steward of the Year.

Sylvia, who works for Solent NHS Trust says:

“The RCN award of merit is a truly unexpected honour and I am truly grateful to those individuals who were behind my nomination.

I have been an active RCN member for more than 50 years and my career in nursing has benefited immeasurably from the support and guidance of the RCN at every level”.

Patricia Marquis, RCN Regional Director says: “I am delighted for Sylvia. The work she has done over the years has been wonderful, she’s worked on the regional board, on Council, as a steward, we know she is a safe pair of hands this Award is absolutely deserved and we are delighted she has been recognised in this way.”

RCN Congress is where RCN members meet to learn, develop and share nursing practice. It is also where members inform the RCN agenda and influence nursing and health policy through debate. Congress 2018 is in Belfast 12-16 May 2018.