Paula Spooner, practice nurse consultant at NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).
The title indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.
Paula has worked as advanced nurse practitioner in general practice in Wakefield for over 10 years; during her career she has also managed the GP Assessment Unit at Pinderfields Hospital, before taking on her current role at the CCG.
Paula said: “I am honoured and humbled to receive the prestigious Queen’s Nurse title. It is a significant milestone in my career which will enable me to network with other Queen’s Nurses to develop the quality of nursing practice within Wakefield.”
The award ceremony was attended by almost 500 community nurses and guests.
Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of the QNI, was in attendance at the event and said: “On behalf of the QNI I would like to congratulate Paula and welcome her as a Queen’s Nurse. Queen’s Nurses serve as leaders and role models in community nursing, delivering high quality health care across the country.
“The application and assessment process to become a Queen’s Nurse is rigorous and requires clear commitment to improving care for patients, their families and carers. We look forward to working with Paula and all other new Queen’s Nurses who have received the title this year.’
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About the QNI:
The Queen’s Nursing Institute is a registered charity founded in 1887 who believe in the best possible nursing care for people at home. The QNI work with nurses and decision makers to ensure that good quality nursing is available to everyone, when they need it.
There are almost 1400 Queen’s Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The title of Queen’s Nurse is open to registered nurses with more than five years’ experience working in the community. Managers and patients provide feedback about applicants, which is assessed along with their application.