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Readers' letters from Nursing Times

Queen’s Nurses are an asset to the profession

As a ‘coalface’ worker who was recently awarded the title Queen’s Nurse, I would like it made clear that it is not a prize as stated by Drew Payne (NT Opinion, 11 December, p12).

To achieve the award, I had three written assignments displaying my level of practice assessed by a panel, along with references from patients, peers and managers. I know of no prize that is obtained this way.

I am proud to be one of only 25 new Queen’s Nurses in the UK, especially as I was hopeless at writing assignments when training and spent the first 10 years of my career as an enrolled nurse. After 31 years in the profession I am a nurse practitioner, a nurse prescriber and a proud Queen’s Nurse.
I would advise all community nurses to apply and make our voices heard even more.

Ruth Thomas
Nurse practitioner
Maidstone, Kent

As a newly appointed Queen’s Nurse and a practising community nurse I was saddened by Drew Payne’s comments. Surely recognising publicly the work of community nurses is the best way to change public perceptions?

It is not difficult to be recognised as a Queen’s Nurse. You need the support of your employer, your peers and your patients. That’s easy if you are committed to patient-centred care and have high standards.

A huge benefit of becoming a Queen’s Nurse is that you link in with like-minded nurses across all aspects of community nursing, giving you a real opportunity to influence change and promote the value of community nursing.

My advice to community nurses is to submit your application as soon as possible. The more public recognition we gain for our work, the better.

Simon Jones
Community nurse specialist in learning disabilities
Somerset Partnership NHS and Social Care Trust

I recently became a Queen’s Nurse, and wish to highlight that I am not a manager, clinical nurse specialist or lecturer. I am a health visitor working at the frontline of healthcare services. Drew Payne’s assumptions about what the title Queen’s Nurse means are inaccurate.

Cathrine Ward
Health visitor
Barnsley PCT

NMC and employer failed MRSA nurse

What has MRSA to do with the removal of the care home nurse from the professional register (NT News, 27 November, p2)? MRSA is a national issue and it is wrong that the nurse should be used as a political football.

Why did the NMC not challenge the employers for allowing a nurse to practise without ascertaining her understanding of basic anatomy and physiology, without a professional development plan and, I suspect, support from the manager of the care home.

I feel the NMC is at fault and hope the nurse appeals against its decision. She or he is a victim of employer and NMC incompetence.

Dawn Chandirie
Reading

Suppository insertion must follow local policy

I would like to respond to Gaye Kyle’s letter ‘Suppositories must be inserted correctly’ (NT Letters, 18 December, p14).

Controversy does exist with regard to suppository insertion, however, the conclusions drawn by Angela Bradshaw in her article published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing suggest that evidence regarding insertion technique is unreliable and that reliable evidence is needed to determine the most effective method for this practice.

Until evidence is available nurses should refer to paragraph two of the article, which suggests the procedure should be performed in line with local drug administration policy.

The illustration in the article intended to show the ‘pointed’ apex end being inserted first,
in line with manufacturers’ recommendations (NT Clinical, 20 November, p26).

Dan Higgins
Senior charge nurse
Via email

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