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Number of Queen's Nurses passes 300

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More than 300 community nurses have been made Queen’s Nurse since the title was reintroduced in 2006.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute unveiled 62 new Queen’s Nurses last week at a ceremony in London.

Speaking at the event, QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said: “The Queen’s Nurse title is not an end in itself, but the beginning of a process of practice improvement, leadership and growth.

“Receiving the title is both an achievement and a responsibility. Nurses in the community today work in a very different world to that of the original Queen’s Nurses.”

She added: “Community nurses have always taken on the most of difficult tasks in the most varied of settings, and I have every confidence that our newest Queen’s Nurses will rise to the new challenges that they meet.”

Newly appointed QNI chair Kate Billingham said: “It is good to be reminded of the dedication, the passion and the skills of our profession.”

Five new Fellows of the institute were also welcomed at the ceremony:

  • Sally Kendall, director at the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, and associate dean research at the School of Health and Social Work at University of Hertfordshire
  • Sandra Lawton, nurse consultant in dermatology at Queens Medical Centre Nottingham and a Queen’s Nurse
  • Gretl McHugh, senior lecturer at the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Manchester
  • Fiona Ross, professor of primary care nursing and dean of Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London
  • Catherine Walshe, lecturer in nursing at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester
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