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RCN Honorary Fellowships 2009

RCN Honorary Fellowships are awarded to nurses registered outside the UK of international repute and distinction, or to other individuals who have had a significant impact on nursing and health care.

Read the stories of our 2009 Honorary Fellows here:

Dr Patricia Hamilton
Professor Dr Mi Ja Kim

Dr Patricia Hamilton

Dr Patricia Hamilton, as the first female President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), wanted to ensure the College was truly "leading the way in children's health." This she achieved by ensuring partnerships with other influential organisations, especially the Royal College of Nursing.

She has actively sought to establish strategic and influential partnerships and with other senior other officers of the RCPCH has established proactive collaboration with the RCN. For example, the RCN is represented on the RCPCH Council and the RCPCH is represented on the RCN Children and Young People's Field of Practice Advisery Panel and high level strategic meetings are held with the RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter. Key issues addressed have been in relation to service configurations and workforce requirements, service standards and the development of training and education tools such as the Adolescent Health e learning project and the e-learning programme currently under development concerning child health promotion. Joint publications, position statements, responses to consultations and press activity are now the norm. Patricia Hamilton has also influenced and encouraged collaboration on an international basis and across Europe, helping to raise standards of care and the importance of ensuring appropriate training for all professionals for children and young people.

Patricia Hamilton has held senior positions with the RCPCH since it was first established just over 11 years ago, as President for the past three years, and prior to that Vice-President, Registrar and Honorary Secretary.

Patricia Hamilton, a neonatologist by background, has shared with the RCN the role of secretary for the Child Health group now known as the National Council for Child Health and Wellbeing which brings together many charities focused on children and young people - ensuring the smallest of organisations have the chance to influence policy and practice at a national level. She has maintained an active clinical role throughout her time as President and previous RCPCH roles working as the Clinical Director of Children's and Neonatal Services at St George's.

Patricia has been a key communicator on behalf of the RCPCH particularly with the RCN and ensured the voice of nursing and allied health professionals is heard and engaged. This is the first time that the RCN has awarded an Honorary Fellowship to a recipient outside of the nursing profession.

Professor Dr Mi Ja Kim

A nurse leader of exceptional ability, Professor Mi Ja Kim has played a unique role in the evolution of nursing science globally, and helped raise the profile of the bioscience connections with nursing practice. As a rigorous nurse scientist she has generated ground-breaking research in nurse-led interventions, most notably her inspiratory muscle training for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Her direct and indirect influence on a number of professional policy issues has been profound, as attested to by the scale of her invited membership of numerous national and international governmental and professional bodies and committees.

She is the only nurse to have been appointed a member, and the subsequent chair, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Scientific and Technical Review Board for Biomedical and Behavioural Research Facilities in the United States. Previously, she was a long-standing member of the NIH National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. Her leadership in this domain has been inspirational, acting as an example for policy makers and proving a rich source of information and advice in relation to accessing sources of research funding for nursing from major national bodies and multi-disciplinary research councils. In her capacity as the RCN's nominee as international advisor to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise of the UK Higher Education Funding Council she provided the highest calibre advice and insight that has proved invaluable.

Her contribution to the profession's educational agenda has been remarkable. She has been a key player in the development of global quality of nursing doctoral education papers and has championed the widening of access to doctoral education for nurses from a range of minority backgrounds. In 2003 she established the Global Korean Nursing Foundation; under her personal mentorship more than 30 Korean post doctoral fellows have received awards to study at US schools of nursing.

She was the first secretariat of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development, laying the ground work for the organisation which now has over 40 centres operating in all six continents. Most recently, she has been appointed as a consultant to the China Medical Board to enhance nursing doctoral education in China.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most outstanding leaders, scholars and administrators in nursing and health of our time, her exceptional contribution to the advancement of nursing and health care has benefited nursing in the UK, the United States, Korea and beyond.