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North Tyneside district nurses awarded with Queen’s Nurse titles for their community nursing skills

Wednesday, 09 July, 2014
North Tyneside district nurses awarded with Queen’s Nurse titles for their community nursing skills

Two district nurses in North Tyneside having been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurses by a national body in recognition of their dedication to their community roles.

Gill Brown and Lee Ranyard who work in community nursing teams for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have received the honorary title, which is awarded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), and is awarded to individual community nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice.

To qualify for the title, a Queen’s Nurse must demonstrate integrity, honesty and compassion, while delivering the highest quality care to the benefit of individuals, their families, carers, and their peers. Queen’s Nurses act as role models to their colleagues and demonstrate a commitment to learning and the development of community nursing.

Lee Ranyard, district nurse and cluster lead at Shiremoor Resource Centre in North Tyneside, said: “It’s an honour to have the accolade. The reason I put myself forward for this is that I have just completed my Master’s Degree in district nursing outcomes and part of the assessment and requirements for a dissertation was to show how I will share the information.

“The QNI is a network of nurses where you can share best practices so that was the prompt for me to apply. It is quite a strange thing to do as you don’t want to blow your own trumpet but I think it will help my colleagues and fellow nurses. To be a Queen’s Nurse is good for the profession as a whole. For a long time district nursing has and continues to be a ‘Cinderella service’ rather than the dynamic, exciting and worthwhile profession that it is.”

Gill Brown is based at Monkseaton Medical Centre and Marine Avenue Medical Centre in Whitley Bay and has been a district nurse for 26 years. She has seen the profession change for the better as nurses have wider skills.

“Community nursing has changed beyond recognition. When I started I was physically putting stroke patients in the bath. Now I am prescribing morphine for end of life pain relief and diagnosing infection. We have been able to use our advancing skills to improve care for our patients. I have guided hospital staff on how best to bring a patient home to die. It is so important for the family.”

Gill said she was delighted to receive the Queen’s Nurse title and encouraged more district nurses to apply to be a Queen’s Nurse.

“We need to raise the profile of district nurses and working in the community. I’m really passionate about being a district nurse,” she said. “I don’t see as many patients in a day like my teams, but I see high intensive patients. I could go back to the same patient four times in a day. It is only a couple of years ago that some of these patients would have been in hospital.”

She highlighted the role community services are playing in improving care for patients and also partnership working between health professionals. 

“Community care is huge and it has been on the agenda for so long. Working together is beneficial for everyone including the patients and also health professionals such as doctors and nurses in the hospitals. It is so important.”

Queen’s nurses must be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, with a minimum of three years’ community nursing or health visiting experience, and be currently working with people in their own homes or community-based settings.

Gill and Lee join Northumbria Healthcare’s community matron Jenny Rasmussen who is based at the Oxford Centre in Longbenton and out-of-hours district nurse and cluster lead Ann Jones who works from North Tyneside General Hospital who also hold the title.

Janet Kelly, community chief matron for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, congratulated Lee and Gill on receiving the titles.

“We are delighted that Lee and Gill have been recognised by the Queens Nursing Institute for their dedication to their district nursing roles. Our community nursing teams across North Tyneside play a valuable role in caring for elderly and housebound patients with often complex needs at home.

“These titles recognise community nurses who have made a significant contribution to patients’ care and are a great way of highlighting the role of community nursing whilst strengthening the network of community nurses nationally. Lee and Gill join a small group of community nurses in the North East who already hold this title.”