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08 February 2011
Nursing education and research at Cardiff have been boosted by the appointment of the Chief Nursing Officer, Dr Jean White, to an Honorary Visiting Professorship.
Professor White will be giving the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies the benefit of her outstanding background in academia, practice, leadership and innovation.
The appointment is a natural fit, given Professor White’s pioneering contribution to career development for nurses in Wales and the School’s leading role in professional education and research.
Professor White was appointed Chief Nursing Officer for Wales by the Welsh Assembly Government in November. The role is key to shaping and delivering nursing and midwifery services, education and research for the people of Wales. In her previous and current post, she is pioneering the development of Clinical Academic Careers for Nurses and Midwives in Wales. At Cardiff, the School’s innovative Associate Lecturer Scheme is designed to support this initiative, making new appointments in clinical nursing and midwifery research.
The School is the largest provider of nursing and midwifery education in Wales. Some 1671 students are presently enrolled on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with 982 training to be nurses and midwives. As Honorary Visiting Professor, Professor White will deliver guest lectures and master classes for staff and Masters students. She will also give seminars on the latest developments in Welsh health politics and policy. She will also assist in selection panels for senior appointments at the School.
Professor Sheila Hunt, Dean and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Professor Jean White to the School. Professor White works tirelessly to raise the standards of nursing and midwifery care for the people of Wales. She never loses sight of the person, the individual and the patient at the centre of care. I know she will make a significant and positive difference to nursing and midwifery education and research at Cardiff University."
Professor White said: "I look forward to a strong and mutually beneficial collaborative relationship with the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies."
Welsh Assembly Government Health Minister Edwina Hart added: "I congratulate Jean on her appointment as an Honorary Professor. It is important that Government, the NHS, and academia work closely together in developing the next generation of nurses and midwives in Wales. I am pleased that they will benefit from Jean’s extensive experience."
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