AN ILKESTON nurse is one of only a handful in the country to be picked for a special award for the high standard of care she gives to her patients.
Gill McKay, based at Ilkeston Health Centre, was the only Derbyshire nurse to be named a Queen’s Nurse – a prestigious title in recognition of her hard work for town patients.
“I’m very proud,” she said. “Often people don’t know the hard work that community nurses do so it’s great to be able to fly the flag for them.”
Community nurse is the title given to nurses who work outside of hospitals, such as in GP surgeries.
Gill, who has been based at the South Street health centre for seven years, was one of just 35 nurses nationwide to receive the title at an awards ceremony given by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) in London on May 12 – Nurses Day.
QNI director Rosemary Cook CBE said: “Congratulations are due to Gill for her success.
“Community nurses operate in an ever more challenging world and our role is to support them as effectively as we can.
“The QN title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply.”
Gill, who has been a nurse for 28 years, added: “I’m delighted to receive this title. It opens doors to a wider network of people to share ideas and opportunities for professional development,”
To apply for the award, Gill had to go through a rigorous application process, which required families, which she visits in her role as health visitor, to nominate her.
“It was well worth it to raise the profile of health visitors,” she said.
She is now entitled to put the initials ‘QN’ after her name. She said: “I can explain to patients now that that means quality in service.”
The Queen’s Nursing Institute is a registered charity, which promotes the best possible nursing care for people at home and which works with the public, nurses and decision-makers to ensure that good quality nursing is available to everyone.