Twenty-one community nurses from across Scotland have been chosen to take part in a development programme to become Queen’s Nurses.
They are the second group of expert practitoners to undertake the programme following the reintroduction of Queen’s Nurses to Scotland last year after a break of almost 50 years.
Candidates were nominated by their organisations for demonstrating high quality, compassionate care. On the basis of written applications, candidates were shortlisted and three selection events were held in January.
The panel of community nursing leaders was greatly impressed by the passion and commitment to patient care demonstrated by all those shortlisted and has now chosen 21 community nurses to go forward to the nine-month programme which will begin with a week-long residential in March.
The cohort includes practitioners from health visiting, community mental health, care homes, general practice, occupational health, specialist community roles and district nursing.
They are based in communities across the country – from remote and rural locations to areas spanning large and complex urban settings.
Clare Cable, Chief Executive and Nurse Director of QNIS, said: “Reintroducing the title to Scotland after almost 50 years has been a remarkable journey.
“We now have 20 exceptional community practitioners working as Queen’s Nurses across Scotland.
“As we move into the second year of the programme, we are very pleased to have selected a new group to begin their journey which we hope will challenge and support them in equal measure, enabling each person to be the very best they can be as they become Queen’s Nurses.”
QNIS looks forward to profiling each of them later in the year.
Meanwhile, you can read about the first cohort who were awarded their Queen’s Nurse title in December 2017 after successfully completing the nine-month programme.