Complex Case Manager, Chris Sykes, has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).
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. Chris is Care Plus Group’s only Queen’s Nurse.
Chris said: “The title of Queens Nurse is such an honour for me to attain at this stage in my career. I believe even after 30 years I still have much to give to community nursing and becoming a Queen’s Nurse supports my growth professionally and personally and enables me to have a positive impact on patient care and nurse education.
“Becoming a Queen’s Nurse has enabled me to join a network of likeminded nurses sharing ideas and experiences with the aim of improving the nursing care of people in their own homes.
“I am very proud to be a ‘District Nurse ‘ and support the Queens Nursing Institute’s 2020 Vision that ‘The Queens Nursing Institute is uniquely placed to ensure that District Nursing fulfils it’s potential as one of the mainstays of primary health care.’
“I aim to continue being a role model and practice teacher and be inspiring to the nurses of the future, promoting and safeguarding high standards of care. Encouraging the leaders of the future is essential and as an organisation we are keen to develop and retain the district nurses of the future. I am proud to say that two of the student district nurses I supported as a Practice Teacher are now members of the Complex Case Team in which I work. It is heartening to see them develop their skills and knowledge and to have a positive impact on the development and improvement of the service we provide. The positive feedback that we receive from patients and their families reinforces that we are making a positive difference. My aim is to continue providing compassionate and effective care.”
Following successful completion of Chris’s nurse training she started her nursing career as a Staff Nurse in 1983, Chris began her career in community as a staff nurse in 1986 and then successfully undertook her District Nurse training at Hull University and took up post as District Nurse in 1988. Working in the community in NE Lincs her entire career, Chris moved into the Complex Case Manager role following a reorganisation about 5 years ago and now supports patients and their families with long term conditions to manage their condition at home and stay out of hospital.
Sarah Spooner, Operations Manager – Nursing said:
“Chris is a valued member of the Complex Case team and the District Nursing Service and also a great support to me as a manager. She is passionate and committed to ensuring the delivery of high quality patient care and achieves this by either providing direct patient care herself or supporting others to develop the skill, knowledge and experience to do so and someone who I am proud to work with.
“I fully supported Chris’s application for the QN award as she upholds all the values, attitudes and beliefs required and expected and is a credit to her profession, Care Plus Group and very deserving of the title of Queen’s Nurse.”
The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s (QNI’s) Autumn Awards Ceremony was held on 30th October at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London where Chris and 120 other Queen’s Nurses from across the country received their Queen’s Nurse title. Chris 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.
To apply to become a Queen’s Nurse, you must have the support of your Manager and submit an application containing supporting statements from two patients, if anyone is interested in applying Chris can offer support with this.