Fiona Johnson will start the role in February, overseeing membership communications, press and public affairs, stakeholder relations, internal communications and digital communications at the RCN.
She replaces outgoing director of comms Amanda Callaghan, who is taking up a new post as director of corporate comms at The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.
Johnson is currently director of comms for the General Teaching Council for England. Prior to this, she was head of media relations for the British Medical Association.
RCN is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. It promotes the interest of nurses and patients on a wide range of issues and helps shape healthcare policy by working closely with the UK Government and other national and international institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.
Commenting on her appointment, Johnson said: ‘I hope my experience of working at national level in education and health will enable me to help the college in its important mission, to support nurses to be the best they can be and to protect hard working skilled nurses to face the challenges ahead.’