The College will now seek to elect a new council member for the Northern region.
The Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) council member for the Northern region has resigned from the role with immediate effect.
Dr. Annessa Rebair, a well-respected lecturer in Mental Health at Northumbria University, resigned from the role citing a “negative environment”, “unprofessional behavior” from council members, and “mistrust” towards the union’s executive team.
The news comes only weeks after Dee Sissons, the council member for the East Midlands, resigned as Chair of Council, and a petition calling for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) was passed by members after two candidates during the presidential elections were disqualified for alleged rule violations.
Publishing her registration letter on social media, Dr. Rebair wrote; “I am writing to inform you that after due consideration, I am resigning from my role as Council member Northern region with immediate effect.
“This decision saddens me as I came to Council a short time ago with expectations of working with learned and experienced colleagues in a professional context. Unfortunately, I have witnessed unprofessional behaviour and non-adherence to the RCN Respect Charter and Nolan Principles from some Council members. I appreciate and welcome difference of opinion and robust debate; however, this is beyond healthy professional tension.
“It is fitting to say that I am unable to work in a negative environment where there is mistrust towards the Executive team and within Council. This matter has already been identified in the Independent Governance Review and I fail to see a way forward unless this is addressed earnestly and with a genuine commitment to working together. The split in Council is obvious regarding a difference in agenda and I do fear that the damage endured is irreparable in places.
Dr. Rebair continued; “My resignation is based on my experience and opinion that to continue would compromise my personal and professional integrity and knowledge that I cannot accept the voting results of the majority regarding certain matters lest I become representative of it; this I am unwilling to bear.
“I would like to say that I have had many positive interactions and value the moral compass of certain individuals in Council and the Executive team. I hope that decisions going forward are made with the sincere interest of nursing and nurses at heart and not blinded by the ambitions of others.”
The RCN will now seek to elect a new council member for the Northern region.