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
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
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
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.