We now have a Queen’s Nurse among our ranks!

We now have a Queen’s Nurse among our ranks!

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are very proud to say that Amanda Hulse, one of our School Nurses, was officially awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse on 10th November 2014. Amanda was presented with her award by Professor Viv Bennett; Director of Nursing at Public Health England.

The title of Queen’s Nurse is a formal recognition of a nurse’s commitment to improving care and there is the potential for funding to help plan and implement ways of innovation within the nurse’s service. This title also provides great networking and support opportunities, such as through an annual conference that the Queen’s Nurses attend.

Amanda found out about the award after linking with other School Nurses on Twitter. Nurses nominate themselves to become a Queen’s Nurse and the detailed application form requires huge reflection on your own practice, as well as examples of good practice.

Three young people with complex issues who Amanda has been heavily involved with were asked to provide references, if they would be happy to do so. All provided fantastic references to support Amanda’s application and Amanda said: “As a School Nurse, I see the work I do as just part of my role, but the process of applying for this title has made me reflect on the importance of School Nursing and the positive impact we can have on young people.”

Amanda qualified as a Paediatric Nurse in Swindon, Wiltshire in 1996 and lived overseas until her return in 2001 where she began working on Fairfield Ward at the West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven. She started as a School Nurse in 2003 and is now responsible for over 3000 secondary and primary school pupils.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute traces its origins to 1887 with a grant of £70,000 by Queen Victoria from the Women’s Jubilee Fund. A Royal Charter in 1889 named it ‘Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute for Nurses’. Originally, the Institute only supported the work of District Nurses but is now for all nurses working in community settings. Please visit the Queen’s Nursing Institute to find out more.