Around 20 community nurses are take part in a professional development programme in Scotland that will earn them the right to use the coveted Queen’s Nurse title.
Those that complete the programme, which is being set up by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, will be the first nurses to receive the title in the country for almost half a century.
“The return of Queen’s Nurse title is a very welcome mark of professional excellence”
Historically, the Queen’s Nurse title was awarded to nurses who completed training that equipped them to work in the community, prior to the NHS taking over district nurse training in the 1950s.
Those achieving the title provided healthcare and health promotion to people in their own homes, and were well respected in the communities in which they practised.
The new Queen’s Nurses will take part in a nine-month programme, developing and honing their existing skills and capabilities, culminating in an awards ceremony in December.
The first cohort will be drawn from both health boards and independent organisations, and come from a range of backgrounds, including district and practice nursing, health visiting, midwifery, mental health and criminal justice.
Queen’s nurses to return to Scotland after almost 50 years
Clare Cable, chief executive and nurse director of the QNIS, said: “They have all demonstrated their impact as experienced practitioners and clinical leaders. Now they have the opportunity to further enhance their professional skills by becoming Queen’s Nurses.”
Fiona McQueen, chief nursing officer for Scotland, added: “With health policy rapidly shifting the balance of care towards care at home, it is an opportune time to highlight the important contribution of community nurses.
“The return of Queen’s Nurse title is a very welcome mark of professional excellence,” she said.
The move by the QNIS follows that by its sister organisation, the Queen’s Nursing Institute, which reinstated the title in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2007.
The organisation as a whole was established in 1889 as the Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute for Nurses through a donation from Queen Victoria to celebrate her Golden Jubilee.
Since 1969, the QNIS and the QNI have been charities, promoting excellence in community nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of the UK.