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Trust employee voted one of the most influential nurses of the last 60 years

Janet Marsden, a part time nurse practitioner at the Emergency Eye Centre, has been voted by her peers among the 20 most influential nurses of the last 60 years. The top 20 ‘thinkers, writers and doers’ from the world of nursing were nominated by the readers of Nursing Times. The votes were then taken to a panel of judges – themselves some of today’s leading nurses – who then shortlisted Janet for the award, citing her contribution to advanced care in Ophthalmic and emergency nursing as the major factor in their choice. The nominated nurses, including Janet, gathered at a gala reception held at Bart’s Hospital in London on Thursday 4th December to celebrate the Nursing Times Diamond 20 celebrations. A passionate ophthalmic nurse, Janet developed advanced practice roles in the specialty including the first nurse led ophthalmic emergency department, here in Manchester. She has written extensively about ophthalmic and emergency care and taught the subject all over the world. One of her recent books – Ophthalmic Care – is widely used by ophthalmic professionals as a reference across the world. She is also an editor of Emergency Triage, a consensus and now evidence based triage system, developed by Manchester’s senior emergency physicians and nurses, which is now used extensively in the UK and internationally. Janet’s full time role is as a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she runs a Masters degree in Practice Development as well as the University’s first programme for doctors, an MSc in Emergency Medicine. She was, until recently, Chair of Royal College of Nursing Ophthalmic Nursing Forum, and also regularly reviews for a number of medical and nursing journals and is a Consultant with the Department of Ophthalmology, Auckland, New Zealand. She was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and works at government level on programmes around vision and eye health. Shortly after accepting the nomination, Janet said: ‘I'm delighted to have been nominated for this award and feel very proud, if rather overwhelmed to be part of the Diamond 20, a list which contains some of my all time nursing heroes.’ Alastair McLellan, editor of Nursing Times said about the nominees: 'Among the nurses we honour, you will find those who advanced patients' rights, pioneered innovative practice, transformed thinking on the treatment of mental illness, played a powerful role in the key political battles that shaped the NHS, revolutionised nursing education, challenged racial and gender barriers and created many of the health services on which we have now come to depend.'