A district nurse specialist practitioner from Airedale Hospital in Yorkshire has been awarded the title of Queen’s nurse, in recognition of her high standards of practice and patient care.
Trudy Balderson, who is head of community services at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and based at Skipton Hospital, is to receive the accolade in October at a special ceremony.
“I feel honoured and very proud to call myself a Queen’s nurse”
Ms Balderson will then join the ranks of one of only 14 Queen’s nurses in North Yorkshire, noted her trust.
The award is given by charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute for demonstrating a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.
Nurses who hold the title also benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities via the QNI, and also a shared professional identity.
Ms Balderson began her career in 1982 as a registered nurse, then qualified as a registered midwife and district nurse working as a dual role practitioner in Craven from 1989.
In 2002, she became Craven locality manager managing a range of community services for adults and children.
Airedale community nurse leader to join Queen’s nurse ranks
She joined Airedale NHS Foundation Trust in 2011 to manage adult community services and is currently responsible for the community nursing, intermediate care services and specialist nursing services across Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.
“I feel honoured and very proud to call myself a Queen’s nurse,” said Ms Balderson.
“My nursing, midwifery and management career has been predominantly spent within community services working closely with people who are often at their most vulnerable, their families, carers and other services to provide the care and support that people need outside of hospital,” she said.
“I will continue to promote and develop services that are vital to enable people to remain at home, celebrate the fantastic work that community staff deliver and hopefully inspire future Queen’s nurses to step forward and have their passion and commitment recognised,” she added.
Jill Asbury, director of nursing at Airedale, said: “We are very proud that one of our nurses has been given this prestigious title.”
QNI chief executive Dr Crystal Oldman said: “Congratulations are due to Trudy for her success.”