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Community nurses across a range of specialisms in Scotland have been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse.
In a first for the country, this year’s set of Queen’s Nurses include those working in learning disabilities and sexual health.
“They are extraordinary role models for nursing in the community”
The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) said the latest group “demonstrate the diversity of community nursing roles”.
This year 20 nurses in the country have received the honour. Those awarded the title include a Macmillan nurse, a dementia nurse specialist and a nurse working in homelessness services.
Nurses working across care homes, GP practices and hospices were also included in the list.
Others in the group worked in community mental health, district nursing, child health, and school nursing.
In addition, health visitors, learning disability nurses and an advanced nurse practitioner working in the field of young people’s sexual health also received the accolade.
Clare Cable, QNIS chief executive and nurse director, said: “This year’s Queen’s Nurses demonstrate the diversity of community nursing roles, with the welcome addition of Queen’s Nurses working in learning disabilities, and sexual health for the first time.
“They are extraordinary role models for nursing in the community and show the enormous contribution which nurses make to the health of Scotland’s people.
“They are all expert community nurses – change makers across the country”
“They are all expert community nurses – change makers across the country.”
The nurses received their titles at an awards ceremony at Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria hotel on Thursday.
Following the introduction of a national certificate for district nursing, the QNIS ceased the training that originally led to the awarding of the sought-after title in 1969.
However, the decision was made to reintroduce Queen’s Nurses to Scotland in 2017 and there are now 61 modern Queen’s Nurses throughout Scotland.
As well as the Queen’s Nurse awards, three fellowship awards were also presented at the ceremony.
This included Hilda Campbell, chief executive at mental health service COPE Scotland, who received an honorary fellowship for her work supporting people in West Glasgow experiencing mental and emotional distress.
Ann Gow, deputy chief executive and director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and Barbara MacFarlane, parish nurse at The Steeple Church in Dundee were also awarded fellowships.
Full list of nurses awarded:
- Alison Bunce, compassionate Inverclyde programme lead, Ardgowan Hospice
- Gabriela Maxwell, advanced nurse practitioner, NHS Forth Valley
- Jeanie Gallacher, community mental health nurse, NHS Dumfries and Galloway
- Deborah Wishart, health visitor, NHS Forth Valley
- Gayle Ridge, homeless charge nurse, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
- Fiona Mason, learning disability nurse, NHS Borders
- Julie Fitzpatrick, learning disability nurse,NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
- Mary Kinninmonth, district nurse, NHS Fife
- Jennifer Grant, school nurse, NHS Fife
- Nikki Forsyth, health visitor, NHS Grampian
- Christina Guinnane, family nurse, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
- Keri Hollis, health visitor, NHS Tayside
- Lindsey Griffin, community mental health nurse, NHS Tayside
- Kirsten Kernaghan, advanced nurse practitioner – sexual health, NHS Lothian
- Jane Douglas, chief executive, Queen’s House (Kelso) Ltd
- Steve Mullay, Alzheimer Scotland clinical nurse specialist, NHS Shetland
- Maggie Wilkieson, community Macmillan clinical nurse specialist, NHS Highland
- Joanna Taylor, advanced nurse, clinical education, NHS Highland
- Pauline McIntyre, deputy director of care, Erskine
- Elaine Wilson, practice nurse, NHS Ayrshire and Arran