Joan Gracie has worked in the community since 1996, after three years as a general nurse, she then moved to Stirlingshire with her husband and family to live and work with vulnerable families who were in need of a respite in the form a holiday. During this time she became a health visitor and worked in this role from 1996 until 2007 when she took up her current post, working with school-aged children helping them achieve their potential by supporting their self-esteem and mental wellbeing.
Joan understands that being a community nurse is an honour and a privilege and she is committed to supporting her team to work with vulnerable children to achieve their optimum emotional and physical health. She strives to work with integrity, openness and honesty, recognising holistic approaches and the importance of building and maintaining relationships.
Joan sees the Queen’s Nurse title as an opportunity to take these approaches and apply them to all levels of organisations, so that the focus is on optimising outcomes for children. She would relish the opportunity to enhance her practice to learn and to share this learning in a new and invigorating manner.
Her project seeks to introduce a dedicated nurse whose focus is on children and young people looked after at home. Research shows that such children have poorer health outcomes and experience more barriers in achieving good physical health. The dedicated nurse would provide support and a link to the family support workers.
Julie Whitcombe, Clinical Nurse Manager
Joan is a compassionate and caring individual who has built a well-qualified and professional school nursing team. She is respected and held in high esteem by her loyal team members who see Joan as an effective and caring leader with exceptional communication skills.