Second prestigious Queen’s Nurse Awarded

We are very proud to announce that another of our Clinical Nurse Specialists has been recognised for her commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership by being awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse, by The Queen’s Nursing Institute (The QNI). Virginia Marsh – Bowen attended an awards ceremony earlier in the year to accept her badge and certificate. Late last year, CNS Debbie Worwood became the first Woking & Sam Beare Hospices Nurse to receive the award.

Founded in 1994, The Queen’s Award is for those who have given service to patients and the profession over and above the call of duty and have made a particularly distinguished contribution to the health of people in the community. The award is open to all nurses from the community who have been in practice within the community for a minimum of three years. Applicants undergo a rigorous application process which includes gathering testimonials from patients and references from managers as well as answering a series of essay-style questions.

Queen’s Nurses are recognised as pioneers of nursing excellence and are often called upon to contribute to policy and practice development, and as experts who are shadowed by some of the most senior figures in healthcare policy.

Virginia will now have access to exclusive conferences, events, training, seminars and bursaries which will allow her to both engage with other nurses in a wider community about best practice as well as take her learning back to the rest of her team. Speaking about how she feels to have been awarded the badge, she said:

“I didn’t know it existed until Debs (Debbie Worwood) applied and was successful. I believe that this award will really help to build the profile of our hospices and prove our commitment to providing excellent standards of care. Of course, I am very proud to have the badge but I don’t do anything out of the ordinary; all of my colleagues here are worthy of the award, I am part of a superb team.”

Earlier in the year the hospices were awarded ‘Good’ with the CQC, with excellent verbal feedback recorded about the nursing team and the standards of care. To read the Care Quality Report click here