Grantham nurse awarded prestigious 'Queen's Nurse' title
A nurse has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Queen’s Nurse’ in recognition of her high standards of practice and patient care.
Mandy Steele was given the award by community nursing charity, The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). It is given for a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.
Mandy began her career in 1988 at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston and qualified as a nurse in 1992. She has since worked in a variety of roles including a district nurse, nurse practitioner, delivered lectures to student nurses at university, worked in out of hours at Grantham hospital, managed quality in care homes and was a family GPN (general practice nurse) at Swingbridge Surgery, Grantham.
She also spent 10 years as a paediatrician as well as two years working for Gifts Hospice, Barrowby Road, Grantham.
Mandy now works as the lead nurse for quality and safety in South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
She receivedthe title after a rigorous application process in which Mandy had to demonstrate her commitment to deliver excellent standard of care by providing case studies, examples and support from her patients and their families.
She was invited to collect her award at a prestigious ceremony at a hotel in London in June.
Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities and a shared professional identity.
Mandy who lives at home with partner Anthony Smith said: “It is such an honour but also an opportunity. I will be using it as platform to promote nursing and encourage anyone thinking of pursuing nursing a career to go for it as there is a massive shortage. I have received such support from everyone especially my patients who kept asking when I would know if i’d been successful in my application or not.”
Founded in 1887, the Queen’s Nursing Institute is a registered charity and believes in the best possible nursing care for people at home.It works with nurses and decision makers to ensure that good quality nursing is available to everyone when they need it.The title of Queen’s Nurse is open to registered nurses with more than five years’ experience working in the community.
Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, chief executive of the QNI said: “Queen’s Nurses serve as leaders and role models in community nursing, delivering high quality healthcare 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.”
Pam Palmer, chief nurse, South & South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups aded: “We are immensely proud of Mandy and her recognition from the Queen’s Nursing Institute, which is richly deserved.
“Mandy has made a significant impact during her time with the CCGs.To be awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse is a significant honour.”
Mandy, whose daughter qualified as nurse in February, would now like to see more people considering pursuing nursing as a career.
She added: “Nursing is a vocation and a privilege.
“There is something within us that work in the industry. I find the role extremely humbling and rewarding. Complete strangers invite us into their lives. I would do it all again twice.”
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