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Three Rotherham community nurses receive prestigious award

26 Jun 2018 09:09:09
Queen's Nurses 2018

Three community nurses working for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised for their commitment to nursing at a ceremony held in London yesterday (25 June).

Sharon Hunter, District Nurse; Paula Boyer, Community Matron and Sharron Roberts, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Community Matron have been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute. Between them, they have nearly 60 years’ nursing experience.

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 Morley, Chief Nurse at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said: “It is fantastic news that Sharon, Paula and Sharron have been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse and testimony to the quality of the care that they provide. I have had the privilege of seeing first-hand the difference that these nurses make to the health and wellbeing of their patients. This is a prestigious award and I am very proud of their tremendous and well deserved achievement.”

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute said: “On behalf of the Queen’s Nursing Institute I would like to congratulate Sharon, Paula and Sharron, and welcome them as Queen’s Nurses. 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 all Queen’s Nurses who have received the title this year.”

In their roles, Sharon, Paula and Sharron work collaboratively across a number of partner organisations, ensuring patients with complex and long term conditions receive high standards of care and helping to reduce the number of hospital admissions.

Sharon Hunter has been a nurse for 14 years and has been working in the community since 2009. In 2015, she became a Community Practitioner Specialist (District Nurse).

Paula Boyer has spent her nursing career in the community since qualifying in 2004. She has been a Community Matron since February 2017.

Sharron Roberts has been working in the NHS for 30 years and is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner as well as a Community Matron.