The new head chair of the Royal College of Nursing Scotland has marked her election by warning of a difficult time for the profession to come.
Eileen Frame, a senior nurse from the Borders area, was elected by board members to replace Jane McCready, who stepped down when her term expired.
She described herself as "delighted" to be picking up the post, but added: "As the recession bites and our health service comes under increasing financial pressure, the next few years are going to be a difficult time for nursing teams everywhere.
"I am looking forward to ensuring that the nursing voice is heard at every level from community health partnerships to health boards and from hospitals through to the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government. I would like to thank my predecessor Jane McCready for her tireless efforts on behalf of the RCN and relish the challenge of building on her good work."
Ms McCready said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed working on behalf of RCN Scotland members and the nursing profession over the last five years. I wish my successor, Eileen Frame, all the very best in taking RCN Scotland forward to new heights."