Royal College of Nursing appoints LSBU nursing student to its council
20 April 2015
Ambitious mother-of-two and London South Bank University (LSBU) nursing
student Sylvia Duval has been elected as the new student member of the Council
of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
members hold a key role as governors of the RCN, and Sylvia, 28, who is a second
year Learning Disability Nursing student at LSBU, will be responsible for
enhancing student experience and influencing practice. She will be in post from April 2015 until 31
"My main responsibilities will be to ensure a point of contact for students to forward
their views, experiences, opinions and ideas to influence decisions and
improvement to student services as well as promoting the culture and values of
the RCN," Sylvia explained.
"I am delighted to be given
the opportunity to have a really positive impact on the experience of student
nurses around the country. All nursing students go through challenges which
sometimes go unnoticed. But I hope that all students will feel they have
someone who understands their position and gives them a platform to voice their
views and ideas."
In order to be elected for the
position, individuals have to be nominated by at least two other students who
are members of the RCN. The seven most outstanding candidates, selected by the
committee, are then put forward to be elected by RCN student members.
Before training as a nurse, Sylvia worked for five years as a health care assistant and
was quickly promoted to Team Leader. She says the skills gained in this
position enabled her to develop leadership and communication skills which she
believes are vital for her new role.
"It can be quite a challenge
juggling studies, work and also looking after my two small children. But with
the support from LSBU I have been able to not only excel in my studies but also
take advantage of the many opportunities that are presented to students
studying nursing," Sylvia added.
The RCN is a union membership organisation
with over 432,000 members in the UK
and describes its mission as representing nurses and nursing, promoting excellence in practice and
shaping health policies.