The prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse was reintroduced in 2007 after a gap of almost 40 years. The title is not an award, but a recognition of a nurse’s commitment to ongoing learning, leadership and excellence in healthcare’. The total number of Queen’s Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland now stands at over 2500, and our current Chair and Treasurer of ARNS, alongside our previous Chair now join that elite group.
ARNS are all thrilled that Respiratory nurses have been acknowledged in this way and have been recognised for their commitment, it’s fantastic they will be joining the Queens Nurse community.
Joanne said: “I feel delighted and privileged to receive this title. It’s great that they talk about this ‘shared professional identity’ one that I wanted to share with peers and now can. Being awarded the Queens Nurse title is about commitment to deliver the best standard of care to people; for me, those with respiratory illness in their preferred place of care. It’s marvellous that I will receive this award with colleagues, raising the profile of ARNS as a inspiring organisation, committed to respiratory nursing”
Sarah told us ‘Gaining the Queen’s Nurse title is a privilege and an achievement of which I am very proud. I am absolutely committed to providing high standards of care in the community, helping to raise the profile of Respiratory Nursing, make improvements in practice and to act as a leader and role model to others. Being a Queen’s Nurse provides the opportunity to network with other QNs around the country and be part of an organisation that can influence national policies that affect the quality of community nursing services. I am especially delighted to be awarded this alongside my colleagues from ARNS, another leading Nursing organisation that plays a key role in championing the community it represents.
Alison stated ‘It is great to be part of the oldest professional nursing organisation and to be able to benefit from the networking, education and support the charity delivers. Having spent most of my nursing career (34 years) working within the community and primary care, this award means so much as recognition of the contribution I have made. Most of my nursing career years has been dedicated to respiratory nursing, where arguably most of the care is delivered in the community and primary care. Being a Queens Nurse is very much part of delivering high standards of care to patients, and for me this is keeping them well, delivering appropriate care away from acute hospitals to manage to stay within their own homes’.