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Celebrating Connie Mitchell: Recipient of the Prestigious RCN Award of Merit

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Connnie Mitchell | RCN Award of Merit

We are thrilled to announce that Connie Mitchell has been awarded the RCN Award of Merit, the highest honour the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) bestows for voluntary service to the College.

This distinguished accolade was presented to Connie on Sunday, 2nd June 2024, at the RCN Congress Event in Wales, coinciding with her 60th birthday. This recognition is a testament to Connie’s unwavering dedication and exemplary contributions to the RCN and the nursing profession.

Connie’s journey with the RCN began in September 1983 when she joined as a pupil nurse. Her engagement with the College deepened significantly after participating in the “Leading For Care” programme in 2013, which not only honed her leadership skills but also sparked the inception of the Independent Sector Nurse Managers Network (ISNMN).

As the visionary and driving force behind the ISNMN, Connie has played a crucial role in its growth and success. What started as a small network has blossomed into a vibrant community of senior nurse leaders who regularly convene to share insights, best practices, and advocate for the independent sector.

Connie’s role as an active member and leader within the RCN and ISNMN is characterised by her passionate advocacy for nursing and student nurses, particularly those in nursing home placements. She promotes the value of RCN networks, encouraging nurses to leverage their collective voice for the independent sector. Her leadership has opened doors to prestigious opportunities, such as attending the Queen’s Garden Party and the RCN NI Nurse of the Year Awards, and facilitated significant contributions to policy and guidance, especially during the challenging times of the pandemic.

As the RCN Northern Ireland Independent Sector Nurse Managers Network lead for nearly a decade and the recently appointed RCN Southern Branch Secretary, Connie’s influence extends beyond her immediate network. Her commitment to ensuring safe and effective care through adequate staffing and retention, and her efforts to expand RCN membership, underscore her dedication to the nursing profession.

Reflecting on her recent accolade, Connie shared, “I received my award letter a few weeks ago and was delighted to be nominated for the RCN Merit Award. Coming into the RCN Congress in Newport, Wales on Sunday was exciting and a bit daunting. It was precious as it was also my birthday and what a way to celebrate. It was amazing to see all the award winners and new Fellows receive their award and to be part of that was a privilege. I don’t feel I am exceptional; I do what I do because I love nursing in the Independent Sector, and I love being an RCN Member in the roles that I hold. I do it because I can.”

Connie Mitchell’s receipt of the RCN Award of Merit is a fitting recognition of her extraordinary contributions. Her leadership, advocacy, and unwavering commitment to the independent sector have left an indelible mark on the RCN and the broader nursing community. As we celebrate Connie’s achievements, we at MD Healthcare are especially proud to congratulate her. Connie is a valued Home Manager at our Nursing Home, Aughnacloy House, and her dedication and hard work have elevated the standards of nursing care, empowering countless nurses to strive for excellence. We are incredibly grateful for all that she does.

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