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Dr Stephanie Aiken

Deputy Director of Nursing,
Royal College of Nursing

Dr Stephanie Aiken is Deputy Director of Nursing at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).  Her remit is to provide leadership to the RCN Nursing Department to shape and support the delivery of its professional work, focusing on developing nursing as a profession and enhancing nursing practice. Stephanie has a background in adult nursing prior to commencing her career in education and undertaking a Masters in Healthcare Ethics. She has extensive experience of working in nursing and healthcare education and more recent experience in regulation at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  She undertook her doctoral studies at the University of Brighton, exploring the image of nursing and how it is perceived from public, professional and policy perspectives.

  • Exploring the future of nursing recruitment and retention post- Brexit
  • Assessing solutions in addressing high levels of nursing vacancies and reduced levels of nursing students
  • Understanding how all services can ensure effective and skilled staffing to ensure patient safety
  • Analysing the role of successful workforce planning to ensure nursing provision meets the demand for care within primary, acute and community settings
  • Evaluating future solutions to support sustainability in the nursing workforce with the development of service integration and transformed workforce deployment strategies