Two community nurses selected to be amongst the first Queen’s Nurses in almost 50 years

Two of our community nurses have been selected to be part of the first group of Queen’s Nurses in 48 years.

The Queen’s Nurse title was established by Queen Victoria in 1889 to mark her Golden Jubilee and awarded to nurses trained to work in the community.

Anne Burns, Renfrewshire’s Family Nurse Partnership supervisor, and Hilary Alba, a community midwife manager in our Special Needs in Pregnancy (SNIPS) team,
are now taking part in a nine month training programme. After completing the programme, they will work to promote health improvement in their local communities.

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The Family Nurse Partnership is designed to help young mums in the early days of parenthood. Women aged 19 or under, start the programme, based around the future health and wellbeing of their child, in early pregnancy and receive regular home visits up until the child is two years old.

Anne said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be chosen as a Queen’s Nurse. The title hasn’t been awarded in almost 50 years but is always associated with excellence in the nursing professions and will give the Family Nurse Partnership service added kudos.

“It almost felt like I was going through the selection process for the X-Factor. During the selection process and I took real motivation from it being a wonderful platform for really taking the Family Nurse Partnership even further into the heart of the community. It’s a programme that makes a huge difference and this will promote it even further.

“It’s not often an opportunity like this comes up and I’m looking forward to sharing learning experiences with other nurses.

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Shared learning

The SNIPS team manages women with the most complex social needs. Hilary provides community midwifery service to women who are asylum seekers, have experienced people trafficking or female genital mutilation.

Hilary said: “The course will be very intensive, but we will be mentored. It will be really beneficial meeting the other nurses selected and I’m certain we’ll share ideas I can then bring to my role with the SNIPS team.

“I moved into a community role as I want to use my skills to care for vulnerable women. Areas of Glasgow still experience high deprivation and we have welcomed asylum seekers into the city, so the new skills I pick up on the development programme will be invaluable.

“The learning will filter down through the team which will improve our service even further. Treating more people in the community is the way forward for health services and we are at the very forefront of this.”

Wonderful opportunity

Dr Margaret McGuire, nursing director, said: “The return of Queen’s Nurse title is a very welcome mark of professional excellence. Health policy is rapidly shifting the balance of care towards care at home and this is an opportune time to highlight the important contribution of community nurses.

“I’m delighted Anne and Hilary have been chosen become Queen’s Nurses. They have both demonstrated their impact as experienced practitioners. This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance their professional skills and highlight the invaluable work their teams make to our communities.”

Anne and Hilary will take part in a nine-month programme, developing and honing their existing skills and capabilities, culminating in an Awards Ceremony in December.