The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has created 121 new Queen’s Nurses at its awards in London this week. The ceremony, attended by over 300 community nurses and their guests, also saw Fellowship of the Institute conferred upon Dr Michael Dixon OBE, Ellie Lindsay OBE and Deborah Sturdy OBE.
In addition, the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service was given to Kim Badcock, Karen Brombley, Karen Clayton, Linda Johnstone and Mary Saunders. The event was hosted by actor Stephen McGann of BBC’s Call The Midwife.
QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman paid tribute to the ‘collective knowledge, experience and passion’ of attendees as ‘testament to the quality of nursing taking place in the community today’.
‘I would like to congratulate all the award winners and new Queen’s Nurses, and thank everyone who contributed to the evening,’ she said. ‘Particularly Stephen McGann who spoke passionately about the work of community nurses and his own experience of the care that they have brought to members of his family.’