The Queen’s Nurse development programme is designed to enable clinical nursing leaders in Scotland’s communities to be the best they can be.
QNIS Council took the decision to reintroduce the Queen’s Nurse (QN) title in 2015. We would like to acknowledge the inspiration of our sister organisation the QNI who reintroduced the Queen’s Nurse title in 2007 and the hard work of our Task and Finish Group who met between 2015-16 to shape the programme for Scotland. We would also like to thank Scotland’s Gardens, the Burdett Trust for Nursing and the RCN Foundation for funding support.
The title will be awarded to twenty selected clinical leaders each year. They must be community-based registered nurses, midwives or health visitors.
The first cohort was selected in 2017. The new Queen’s Nurses work in communities across Scotland, representing a wonderfully diverse range of clinical specialities. You can meet them here. The Queen’s Nurse title is awarded having completed a carefully designed, nine month development programme which develops the qualities set out in the Excellence Profile below:
Queen’s 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.
Queen’s 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.
Queen’s 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.
Queen’s 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.
If you’d like to read more about the Queen’s Nurse programme have a look at the two articles below: