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Royal seal of approval for nurse Jenny

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Royal seal of approval for nurse Jenny

A community nurse in Northumberland and North Tyneside has been given the royal seal of approval for the high quality care she provides to patients.

Jenny Rasmussen, respiratory nurse specialist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded the Queen’s Nurse title after being nominated by a patient in Morpeth.

Grandfather Gordon Hood, who has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), put Jenny forward for the award because she “goes the extra mile”.

Jenny was the only nurse from the region to win the award at the end of last year. In total, 62 new Queen’s Nurses were created.

The Queen’s Nurse title celebrates the achievements of nurses who are delivering patient-centred care and making a real impact on improving care in peoples’ homes and communities.

As part of the Trust’s long-term oxygen team based in Alnwick, Jenny provides advice and support to patients requiring oxygen in their own homes.

Gordon, 74, said: “Jenny is extremely good at her job and she has been a great help to me over the last couple of years.

“Not only has her expert advice and support helped me cope better with my COPD, she has given me the confidence to get out and about more on my scooter.

“She always manages to have time for a cup of tea and a chat – she likes a joke and takes a joke well too. To be honest she’s more like a friend than a nurse.

“Jenny thoroughly deserves the award – she’s a real gem and certainly goes the extra mile to help.”

Jenny, who has been working as a nurse in the North East for more than 30 years, said: “It’s a massive honour to be given the title of Queen’s Nurse and the fact that I was nominated by a patient makes it extra special.

“To be recognised for delivering patient-centred care and going the extra mile is brilliant as that is what I’ve worked to achieve throughout my nursing career.

“It’s a pleasure doing the job and seeing the difference we can make to patients’ lives is extremely rewarding.”

Gordon, who lives wife Veronica in Stobhill, has three children and six grand children.

Northumbria Healthcare’s long-term oxygen service provides support to patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside who require oxygen as a result of their respiratory or neurological conditions. The service also assists patients receiving palliative care.

Rosemary Stephenson, director of nursing at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is brilliant that Jenny has been given this prestigious title and we would like to congratulate her on her award.

“It rewards her commitment to providing high quality care to her patients and, most importantly, doing that little bit more which really makes a difference. She epitomises what we as a Trust strive to deliver.”

Jenny was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute. The institute, which traces its origins to 1889 and a grant from Queen Victoria, is a registerd charity dedicated to improving the nursing care of people in their homes.

Awarding the title of Queen’s Nurse helps nurses who are committed to high standards of care in the community, to make improvements in practice and to act as leaders and role models to others. It is granted to community nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care and continually improving nursing practice.

Since the award, Jenny has become a community matron managing patients with complex illnesses.