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Number of Queen's Nurses passes 300

More than 300 community nurses have been made Queen’s Nurse since the title was reintroduced in 2006.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute unveiled 62 new Queen’s Nurses last week at a ceremony in London.

Speaking at the event, QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said: “The Queen’s Nurse title is not an end in itself, but the beginning of a process of practice improvement, leadership and growth.

“Receiving the title is both an achievement and a responsibility. Nurses in the community today work in a very different world to that of the original Queen’s Nurses.”

She added: “Community nurses have always taken on the most of difficult tasks in the most varied of settings, and I have every confidence that our newest Queen’s Nurses will rise to the new challenges that they meet.”

Newly appointed QNI chair Kate Billingham said: “It is good to be reminded of the dedication, the passion and the skills of our profession.”

Five new Fellows of the institute were also welcomed at the ceremony:

  • Sally Kendall, director at the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, and associate dean research at the School of Health and Social Work at University of Hertfordshire
  • Sandra Lawton, nurse consultant in dermatology at Queens Medical Centre Nottingham and a Queen’s Nurse
  • Gretl McHugh, senior lecturer at the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Manchester
  • Fiona Ross, professor of primary care nursing and dean of Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London
  • Catherine Walshe, lecturer in nursing at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester

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