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New prize for student health visitors unveiled by QNI

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Community nursing charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced the creation of a new prize for student health visitors.

The prize has been named in memory of Dora Roylance, a former Queen’s nurse and health visitor, who lived to 100 and left the institute a legacy in her will.

“Dora Roylance’s relationship with the QNI endured to the end of her life”

Crystal Oldman

It is being offered for outstanding students who have completed the specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) Health Visitor programme.

The prize is available at every university in England, Wales or Northern Ireland where the health visitor programme is offered.

Programme leaders at each university may nominate one student to receive the prize each year.

Queen's Nursing Institute

New prize for student health visitors unveiled by QNI

Dora Roylance (right) pictured during the 1940s

QNI chief executive Dr Crystal Oldman said: “We are able to offer this prize thanks to the generosity of a Queen’s nurse, Dora Roylance, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 100. Dora left a legacy so the QNI that enabled us to create this prize in her name.”

Dr Oldman noted that Ms Roylance became a Queen’s nurse in 1939 and a health visitor six years later – thanks to a QNI training bursary.

She went on to work as a nurse and a health visitor for the rest of her career and always maintained her connection with the QNI, added the institute’s chief executive.

“The QNI supports excellence and outstanding achievement in education,” she said. “By offering educational prizes such as this we can help support future career development in community nursing specialties.

“The award is just the start of a journey and an association with the QNI which we anticipate will last a lifetime, in the same way that Dora Roylance’s relationship with the QNI endured to the end of her life,” she added.

  • More information and a nomination form can be found on the QNI’s website


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