Opinion

A personal reflection

07 February 2020

Ruth Oshikanlu, Queen’s Nurse and nurse entrepreneur, reflects on her personal successes of 2019, how this will help the profession, and the posisitve events to come in 2020.

In 2019, I was fortunate to receive several awards; I feel excited I can showcase why nursing, midwifery and health visiting matters.

To give a snapshot, last March I was one of 150 people in the UK to be awarded a Churchill Fellowship. I'll be travelling to Australia and the US to investigate support for young people with adverse childhood experiences, and I'll use my findings to develop a professional toolkit. In May I went to Buckingham Palace to receive my MBE from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Then in November, I was conferred with a honorary doctorate degree in health and social care from London South Bank University. Returning to where I trained 14 years ago has inspired me to leave a legacy for the profession that I am privileged to be a part of. I am looking forward to celebrating the best 2020 ever – the international year of the nurse and midwife.

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