Some of NHS Tayside’s longest-serving community nurses have been recognised for the dedication and commitment they bring to their roles.
Around 40 nurses received the Community Nursing Award for Long Service at an event in Perth on December 16.
The accolade is administered by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) – a 130-year old charity that supports and promotes excellence in community nursing across the country.
Seven of the nurses collecting the award have each totalled more than three decades delivering care in the community, including a community mental health nurse with 37 years of service.
The total years of service of the 42 practitioners, which also include health visitors, district nurses, learning disability nurses, and specialist respiratory nurses, is 1,100.
The community-based nurses travelled from across Tayside to attend the event at the Civic Hall in Perth with their friends and family members.
They were presented with the prize, which consists of a badge and certificate, by Sarah Dickie, Interim Nurse Director at NHS Tayside and Jonathan Sher, QNIS Deputy Director.
Jonathan said: “It was a pleasure to meet this group of dedicated staff who are committed to delivering care to people in the community in a range of settings.
“Long-serving nurses have seen huge changes though their careers and they have never ceased to develop their practice and to deliver high quality, compassionate nursing care.
“QNIS gives these awards to recognise the commitment of community nurses who continue to provide excellent care through the good times and the challenges.”
NHS Tayside Interim Nurse Director Sarah Dickie added: “I was delighted to share in the QNIS long service award celebrations and was humbled by the 1,000 years of experience in the room.
“These awards reflect the constant dedication and commitment of community nurses working across Tayside to ensure the best care experience for our populations. Our community nurses should be very proud today of their service to others.”
The QNIS Community Nursing Award for Long Service is available to any registered nurse in Scotland who has worked for more than 21 years in the community.
To view more photos from the event, please visit the QNIS Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/QNIScotland/