Community nursing charity The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) has announced the appointment of the new Director of the organisation.

Crystal Oldman will replace Rosemary Cook CBE at the helm at the QNI following a very successful career at Buckinghamshire New University where she is currently Dean of Enterprise and Business Management in the Faculty of Society & Health.

Crystal has been a community nurse for 30 years and has worked as a Health Visitor in some of the most deprived communities in London. She qualified as a nurse at University College Hospital, London, in 1980 and worked in the NHS for 14 years before joining the University to develop the health visitor and school nurse programme and to lead the specialist community nursing programme, including district nursing and community mental health nursing.

In 2004, Crystal became a Head of Department with responsibility for all community nurse education at the University, including learning disability, community matron, and general practice nursing. In 2006, she was appointed Head of School with an extended responsibility for professional programmes including early years, social work, social care and community development. Crystal became an Associate Dean in 2008 and then Dean in the Faculty of Society & Health in 2009. Her responsibilities have always included oversight of the community nursing programmes at the University and she was instrumental in the creation of the Nurse First programme with The Shaftesbury Partnership and the QNI in 2011.

Her passion for supporting leadership and innovation inspired her current doctoral studies into the skills, knowledge and attributes required for middle management and leadership. Crystal has also maintained her links with community nursing practice throughout her academic career.

She comments, "I am thrilled to be appointed to be the next Director of the QNI. This is a critical time for community nursing policy, practice and education. I am passionate about the aims of the QNI and impressed by the huge range of innovative community nursing projects being led by highly motivated and skilled community nurses. These shining examples of excellence in practice are pushing the boundaries of nursing and making a tangible difference to patients and carers in homes and communities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland - and they are an inspiration to others."

Rosalynde Lowe CBE, Chair of the QNI's Council said, "The QNI is extremely fortunate to have Crystal Oldman as its new Director. She has just the right skills to build on all our considerable achievements and, at this critical and exciting time, to take the organisation forward for the benefit of patients and nurses."

Posted by Penny Hosie