A local nurse from Mersey Care Health NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity, the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).
Jane Hulme was among the 119 nurses nationwide who were awarded the title by Chief Executive Dr Crystal Oldman CBE and the Chair of Trustees, Kate Billingham CBE, at the QNI charity awards ceremony recently held in London.
The title ‘Queen’s Nurse’ (QN) is awarded as an indication of commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Nurses who hold the title also benefit from a range of opportunities including developmental workshops, bursaries, networking and a shared professional identity.
The nurses are often seen as role models to others and can also influence policies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that affect healthcare in the home and the quality of community nursing services.
Jane Hume, District Nurse Team Leader at Mersey Care, said “I’m so proud of being awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse. Mersey Care is committed to continually improving standards of nursing care within the community and ensuring they are developed to benefit our patients and the communities we serve.”
Ray Walker, Mersey Care’s Director of Nursing, said: “Congratulations to Jane on her success. Jane is the first nurse within the trust to receive the Queen’s Nurse title. Our community nurse leaders actively support services to deliver excellence in practice and will now also be encouraging other nurses to apply for the title."
To become a QN, nurses need to provide information in relation to their qualifications, employment and training. They are also required to produce a report which demonstrates how they improve patient care. The QNI also obtains references from the nurse's employer, and requests feedback from patients and other colleagues. Applications are then assessed by an independent panel.
In total there are just over 1200 Queen’s Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Today's Queen's Nurses include District Nurses, Nurses in Doctors surgeries, School Nurses and many others who want to develop their skills further. They are experienced in working in people's own homes, in clinics, or in other community settings.