The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland exists to promote excellence in community nursing to improve the health and well-being of the people of Scotland. On Friday 17th February, we announced the launch of the 2017 Queen’s Nurse Development Programme, and the 20 candidates.
The Institute has recently agreed a new strategy for the next three years and Council has taken the decision to reintroduce the Queen’s Nurse (QN) title to Scotland. The title will be awarded to clinical leaders who can demonstrate their impact as expert practitioners. These practitioners may be general practice nurses, community mental health nurses, school nurses, health visitors, community midwives or district nurses. The Institute intends to award 20 QN titles each year to showcase excellent community nursing practice; so, after five years there will be 100 Queen’s Nurses in Scotland. We have set out what a new Queen’s Nurse would look like, described as an ‘Excellence Profile’:
Queens Nurses…. Inspiring Others by making a difference:
They find opportunities (or circumstances find them) for changing how things are currently done, recognising how things should and could be, making things better for individuals, families and communities and/or helping others to make a significant impact.
Queens Nurses…. Inspiring Others with tenacity and resilience:
They find their way across boundaries, around obstacles, through bureaucracy and successfully challenge “but we don’t have control over that” or “that will never work here” attitudes. They just keep bouncing back, finding new doors to open each time one closes.
Queens Nurses…. Inspiring Others by bringing people with them:
Through “coming from the heart”, their enthusiasm and persuasive nature, they create a ground swell of support and recognition that has “carried the day”, getting others to commit and get things done.
Queens Nurses…. Inspiring Others with humility and reflection:
They listen deeply, seeking to understand what really matters. They approach life reflectively, always learning and are kind to themselves. They will sometimes be surprised by personal recognition for their achievements, and are quick to attribute success to the contribution of others.
Building on a 79 year history of developing Queen’s Nurses for Scotland: Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute for Nurses first started training Queen’s Nurses at Castle Terrace in 1889. Training stopped in 1968 and we have a proud tradition and a clear set of values as a foundation for contemporary community nursing excellence.
Building on the precedent set by QNI: The Queen’s Nursing Institute (constituted as a separate charity to cover England, Northern Ireland and Wales) now has over 1,000 Queen’s Nurses. The reputation of the award means that applications have been increasing year on year. There is an increasing profile of contemporary Queen’s Nurses and we are receiving enquiries from community based nurses in Scotland asking if they can apply for the title.
Building a network of nurses who can support and enhance the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland: The Queen’s Nurses in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, have a growing reputation for influencing policy nationally and locally as Queen’s Nurses. Queen’s Nurses are profiled and are increasingly being asked to be shadowed by politicians, civil servants and other senior staff. We hope to build on this reputation with a particular emphasis on integrated working, public health, and inequalities with Scotland’s communities. The Queen’s Nurses will undertake master classes and development every year, so they continue to demonstrate their impact as practice and service developers.
Building a programme that adds value and is right for Scotland: The QNI has a programme which is well established. After many conversations with community nursing leaders across Scotland, QNIS has decided to adopt a significantly different model which requires those nominated to undertake a contemporary and inspiring development programme before the Queen’s Nurse Title is awarded.
QNIS would like to acknowledge the inspirational work, support and guidance of colleagues from our sister organisation the Queen’s Nursing Institute in London, and the hard work and advice of the members of our Task and Finish Group who have shaped this new programme.
Guidance for Applicants can be downloaded here.
The Application Form can be downloaded here.
The Organisational Support Form can be downloaded here.