The Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS) was established in 1997 as a nursing forum for respiratory nurse specialists


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ARNS exists to champion the specialty respiratory nursing community, promote excellence in practice, and influence respiratory health policy


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ARNS also works to influence the direction of respiratory nursing care


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Inspiring, Leading, Empowering

Rebecca Sherington

As Chair of ARNS, I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS). After 20 years of inspirational leadership from our previous chairs, which we celebrated at the 2017 20th Anniversary Conference, ARNS is in a strong position, very well connected and respected by our members, partners and key stakeholders in the respiratory world. I was very excited to become Chair of ARNS in May 2017 and to now work with the Executive Committee to transform ARNS to a not for profit organisation, developing a new structure that will empower more members to be actively involved. These are transformational times for ARNS as we consider how we will inspire, lead and empower our members for the next 20 years and beyond. I look forward to sharing details of how you can apply for the new Committee roles very soon.

Wendy Preston (Chair of ARNS)

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The ARNS Executive is excited to announce that as part of transforming into a not for profit organisation, we are developing a new structure made up of Sub-Committees. This will increase member engagement with approximately twenty committee roles, whilst facilitating a smaller executive committee.

The following vacancies are available for sub-committee members:

Respiratory Disease Committee:
Bronchiectasis Lead
TB/ Infection Lead

Therapy Committee:
Pulmonary Rehab Lead
NIV/Sleep Lead
Pleural Disease Management Lead

Specialist Commissioning:
Paediatric Lead
Cystic Fibrosis Lead
Commissioning Lead

Education and Career Development:
Scottish Lead
Welsh Lead
Northern Ireland Lead

The new committee members will be expected to attend one strategy day per year (which will be held on Friday 3rd November this year) for which there will be an honorarium & travel costs paid. In addition it is expected that there will be approximately two teleconference meetings per year and a meeting at conference to attend. Committee members will receive a funded place at conference in recognition of this.

As lead there will be occasional requirement to represent ARNS at meetings such as round tables or consultations. ARNS will fund travel for these if not covered by the organisers.
You do not need to have a role directly within the role you apply for but a specialist interest or increased awareness.
You can view the Terms of Reference for the ARNS Sub Committees here

Please send your application to arrive no later than Monday 24th July 2017. Your application should include a short biography, including details of your current post, and a paragraph detailing why you think you would be suitable for a committee role. Please also mention the specific role for which you are applying.

Applications should be sent by email to, with the heading “New Committee Application”

Applicants should be available for a short telephone call between 21st and 31st August.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

If you do have any queries, please get in touch with Angela Hurlstone at the ARNS Office (telephone 07740117902). Angela will pass on your queries, and either Wendy Preston, our Chair, or Katy Beckford, our Vice Chair, will be pleased to talk with you.
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Helen Taylor ?!

Was look for Palliative Care... 😀

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If you would like to join ARNS, we would love to hear from you. There is currently no membership fee for joining, but we require you to complete an application form. ARNS welcomes all nurses currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), who have a post-basic qualification in at least one aspect of respiratory care. Associate membership is offered to allied health professionals as well as those working in a non-clinical environment.

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