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Published: 15 May 2018

University of Surrey academic receives top award from the Royal College of Nursing

By Natasha Meredith

On the birthday of Florence Nightingale (12 May), Professor Ann Gallagher, a leading healthcare ethicist and nurse, has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).



Celebrating the very best in nursing, the annual RCN Awards present Fellowships, Honorary Fellowships and Awards of Merit to those who have made an outstanding contribution to nursing. Fellows of the RCN develop professional policy positions, practice standards and services within the nursing profession.

With more than three decades of experience, first as a nurse and then as a healthcare ethicist, researcher, editor and teacher, Professor Gallagher is a renowned expert in her field. She is Director of the International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory, editor of the international journal, Nursing Ethics and is Co-Chair of Princess Alice Hospice Clinical Ethics Committee. Adding to her accolades Professor Gallagher was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare at the University of Tuskegee in Alabama, USA.

Helping to further the field of health and social care ethics and learn how they differ across the globe, Professor Gallagher is currently on sabbatical examining cross-cultural perspectives and practices relating to ethics and elder care.

Professor Gallagher said: “I am delighted to have been awarded this Fellowship from the Royal College of Nursing. It is an honour to receive this recognition from my profession. I give credit to the many generous and talented colleagues and students - past and present, local and international - who have supported the development of ethics in care. A special thank you to family and friends who provide unconditional love and support

“With increased media attention, demographic changes and public expectations, our health and social care system is facing increased scrutiny and challenges. It is critical that care practitioners appreciate the importance of ethics in care and have time, space, education and positive organisational cultures to sustain good care. Our work helps fill the gaps in this area and provides guidance to promote ethical care-giving.”

Patricia Marquis, RCN Regional Director said: “I am delighted for Ann.  We have some extremely dedicated members who work quietly but effectively on behalf of patients without always been at the frontline of hands on care. For Ann to have this recognition is fantastic and a real endorsement of the wonderful work that she does.”

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