Helen Davies, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner within Rapid Response at Care Plus Group, has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).
Helen is Care Plus Group’s first Queen’s Nurse, although Chief Executive Lance Gardner became a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2002.
The title is not an award for past service, but 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.
Helen said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded this title. My passion for Intermediate care means I will use this opportunity to help me develop local Intermediate Tier services. As a Queen’s Nurse I have a responsibility to be a local leader, shaping new models of care and innovating services and I will also promote the Queen’s Nurse programme to other nurses in Care Plus Group. “
During her nursing career, Helen has worked as a Community Staff Nurse, in the Out of Hours District Nursing Service, as a District Nurse and then a Rapid Response Advanced Nurse Practitioner. She took up a role as Clinical Lead Nurse at The Beacon (Care Plus Group’s Rehabilitation and Reablement facility) in April 2014 before moving back to Rapid Response as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in January 2015.
Lance Gardner, Chief Executive said:
“As a Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute it gives me great pleasure to welcome Helen to the Queens Nurses list. The Queens Nursing Institute has represented the very best in community nursing for over 150 years and Helen should be very proud to have joined its number.”
“As one of only 600 Queen’s Nurses in the Country, I’m exceptionally proud to have a Queen’s Nurse working for Care Plus Group. It demonstrates we value high quality care and continuous development for our nurses and will mark us out to potential employees as an organisation that nurses would aspire to work for.”
The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s (QNI’s) Autumn Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, November 10 at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London where Helen and seventy-eight other Queen’s Nurses from across the country received their Queen’s Nurse title. Helen was presented with a certificate and badge and can now use Queen’s Nurse or QN after her name and attend networking meetings with other Queen’s Nurses.
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