Wendy Green, clinical matron for the children’s community nursing team at Hampshire Hospitals, has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).
The title 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 professional identity.
Wendy’s nursing career began in 1988 where she trained as a nurse in Blackpool, before becoming a children’s nurse in 1991. For the past 23 years Wendy has worked in community nursing and is currently clinical matron of the children’s community nursing team where she leads a team to deliver outstanding patient care.
Wendy said: “It’s an honour to have been recognised by The Queen’s Nursing Institute. I am so proud to work in community nursing and hope that with this title I can spread the word about what we do and celebrate the incredible team I have around me.”
Children’s community nurses spend a lot of time in the community, looking after children and supporting their families in their own homes, helping them to manage chronic and complex conditions. It means that no two days are the same and can often also mean offering palliative care and support.
Wendy added: “I have always been passionate about community nursing and caring for children with complex conditions in their own homes. CCN is a small group in a busy healthcare environment and although there aren’t many of us, we are exceptionally proud of what we do.”
Donna Green, chief nurse of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester, said: “We are delighted Wendy has been awarded the title of a Queen’s Nurse, which is a great honour and very much deserved. Wendy is just one of our dedicated, passionate and skilled clinical matrons at Hampshire Hospitals who leads her team in delivering the best possible care to our young patients and their families.”
Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, chief executive of the QNI said “On behalf of the QNI I would like to congratulate Wendy and welcome her as a Queen’s Nurse. 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 Wendy and all other new Queen’s Nurses who have received the title this year.”