The title of Queen’s Nurse has been awarded to two nurses from the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.
Sue Williams and Jeanette Waldman have been given the title by the charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute in recognition of their commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.
Sue, 49, from Bisley, near Stroud, will receive her award during a ceremony at the Commonwealth Club, in London, later on today. (Nov 12)
A qualified nurse since 1985, she has specialised in older people’s mental health and is currently a Community Dementia Nurse based at Weavers Croft in Stroud.
She said: “I consider myself to be very fortunate to work within a Trust which actively encourages involvement in the development and improvement of our services. I was encouraged and supported in my application for the award of Queen’s Nurse by Tina Kukstas, Head of Nursing and Development for the Trust.
“Achieving this award is a great honour and I am proud to be a community nurse within ²gether Trust.
“The award has enabled me to network with peers throughout the country in discussions around policy and deliverance of qualitative services for our communities. It has also led to my current involvement with the Department of Health on issues with regard to dementia.”
Jeanette, 48, a mother of four from Mitcheldean, in the Forest of Dean, is unable to collect her award on this occasion, and will be officially presented with it next spring. However, she too is now an official Queen’s Nurse and also said she was delighted.
She said: “I qualified as a nurse in 1995. I have held numerous roles with the Trust within in-patient, day and community services and within a variety of care groups. I briefly moved out of the Trust for four years before returning in 2005 and I currently hold a team manager post within Gloucester recovery and the Forest community learning disability team.
“I was inspired to apply for the Queens Nurse award through talking with Marianne Bubb McGhee, of the Trust, who is already a Queen’s Nurse and a good role model. Being a Queens Nurse opens up avenues to network with peers across the country to learn what is happening with services and participate in discussions which can help influence future policy.
“Being a Queens Nurse also helps raise the profile of mental health services. So we need to encourage more nurses to be recognised for their dedication and work they do to improve services.”
The title of Queens Nurse is open to community nurses with more than three years’ experience. Managers and patients provide feedback about applicants, which is assessed along with their application.
Nurses who hold the Queen’s Nurse title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking and other opportunities, as well as a shared professional identity.
QNI Director Crystal Oldman said: “Congratulations are due to Sue and Jeanette for their success. Community nurses operate in an ever more challenging world and our role is to support them as effectively as we can. The QN title is a key part of this and we would encourage other committed community nurses to apply.”