Roseau, Dominica: Professor Laura Serrant, OBE of Dominica, was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing On Sunday, May 13, 203. She has already been made a Fellow of the American Association of Nursing in 2022.
High Commission of Dominica, London, announced the fellowship of Professor Serrat and extended greetings on her achievements. It added,”CONGRATULATIONS to another phenomenal Dominican woman. To date, the only Dominican to receive this fellowship, an inspiration to many others.”
Professor Laura Serrant OBE has an international reputation as a professional speaker, thought leader, independent consultant and coach.
She is a Qualified nurse and one of the few Black Professors of Nursing in the UK. She has frequently found herself as the sole voice representing women from minority communities; a position which she has striven to challenge throughout her career by empowering others to come forward to join her, in a unique call to ‘lift as you climb’. She passionate about building a client’s confidence, self-agency and helping them to hear the ‘Silences’ which impact on their ability to ‘Thrive, not just survive’.
Her approach is based around what she has learned through her personal and professional experiences over the last 40 years. She has developed and published a framework for exploring the often unseen or unreported aspects of human experinces ‘The Silences Framework’ (Serrant-Green 2010). This framework forms the basis of her business approach The Silence Speaks Business model. She has extensive TV, radio and online media experience and is a member of the BBC Expert Women panel.
Her work has been recognised with numbers awards and prizes, including being named as one of the top 50 leaders in the UK by The Health Services Journal. She secrured spot in three separate categories: Inspirational Women in Healthcare, BME Pioneers and Clinical Leader awards. In 2018 she was listed as the 8th most influential Black person in the UK by the Powerlist.
She has also secured OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List 2018 for services to Nursing and Health Policy. in 2021, she received the UK Chief Nursing Officers’ Lifetime Achievement Award for services to Nursing, and in 2022 she was made a Fellow of the American Association of Nursing and in 2023 was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.
She wrote the seminal poem ‘You Called..and we came’ to commemorate the 70-year anniversary of the Empire Windrush landing and the NHS. The poem stands as the inscription on the National Windrush Monument in Waterloo Station, London.
RCN Fellowship is the highest honour the UK Royal College of Nursing can give to its members. Fellows are inspirational leaders who have made an exceptional contribution to the science and art of nursing and improving health care. A distinguished community of professionals, Fellows work with the RCN to influence policy, practice, education and research. In doing so, they are leading and influencing change for the benefit of nursing, patients and, ultimately, society.
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