QNI Awards
Our nurses recognised by Queen’s Nursing Institute
12 November 2015

Our nurses recognised by Queen’s Nursing Institute

Six of our nurses were awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) at their autumn awards ceremony on Monday 9 November.

The ceremony, held at The Royal Garden Hotel, London, was attended by Karen Hartley, professional development nurse; Alison Cooke, adult safeguarding specialist nurse; Elizabeth Stevenson, case manager; Rachael Skates, senior infection control practitioner; Emma Swarbrick, clinical nurse lead and Sue Moody, clinical lead.

They were all presented with their Queen’s Nurse badge and certificate by Professor Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing at Public Health England and the Department of Health.

The title of Queen’s Nurse recognises ‘continuing commitment to improving standards of care in the community and to learning and leadership’.

Karen Hartley said: “The award reflects my commitment to improving community nursing care and how I embody that in my practice, through education and advice for patients and staff. It’s a huge honour to receive the award.”

Alison Cooke said: “My commitment is to a community nursing ethos which places our patients at the centre of all care, and ensuring that they are protected from harm and abuse through the supportive environment of adult safeguarding leadership and education.”

Elizabeth Stevenson said: “The title of Queen’s Nurse is an honour and will enable me to be part of a growing network of like-minded nurses and help me to develop my professional skills. It will help me in my vision to shape the service that we provide for patients and provide excellent palliative care in the community.”

Rachael Skates said: “In my youth I was a Queen’s Guide so now it is a great honour to be a Queen’s Nurse and all that represents, especially in the same week as I received the news that I successfully passed my MSc in Public Health and Management.”

Emma Swarbrick said: “After 33 years of nursing I’m still passionate about my profession and ensuring that my patients have the same level of care I would expect for a member of my family. I hope by becoming a Queen’s Nurse I can be a positive role model to my colleagues.”

Sue Moody said: “I have worked with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the QNI to promote district nursing, so to achieve this award is a fantastic accolade. District nursing is very special with the privilege of nursing people in their own homes and building lasting relationships.”

Photo: left to right – Karen Hartley; Alison Cooke; Elizabeth Stevenson; Professor Viv Bennett; Rachael Skates; Emma Swarbrick and Sue Moody.