Two leading health educators from the same university have been awarded one of the nursing profession’s most prestigious accolades for community practitioners.
Wrexham Glyndwr University lecturers Alison Williams and Chris O’Grady will formally be honoured with the title of Queen’s nurse at a ceremony in November.
“It’s a real honour for us to be picking up this title together”
The duo both joined the university’s school of social and life sciences in 2003.
Ms O’Grady, programme leader for MSc health sciences, said she was “incredibly proud” to receive the title after more than 35 years’ experience in nursing.
“I’m still as passionate about nursing, training and quality as I was at the beginning of my career, and it makes me incredibly proud to be recognised in this way,” she said.
“It is a privilege to go and visit people in their own homes and care and support them, which is what both Alison and I train students to do having done it ourselves, so it’s a real honour for us to be picking up this title together,” she added.
Leading Welsh lecturers to become Queen’s nurses
Ms Williams, programme leader for district nursing, said: “We want to encourage students to go for this title as well, and we could not realistically do that if we’ve never held it ourselves, so it’s a very proud moment for us to receive it.
“Personally, it’s a huge honour, especially for our families, and for Wales and Wrexham Glyndwr,” he added. “Ultimately, this drives up care standards, and that’s what we are all about.”
Dr Crystal Oldman, chief Executive of the QNI, paid tribute to the two nurses.
“Congratulations are due to Chris and Alison for their success,” she said. “Community nurses are expert professionals who make a vital contribution to patient health and wellbeing every day.
The title of Queen’s nurse is open to community nurses with more than three years’ experience.