The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) reinstated the title ‘Queen's Nurse' as a distinction for nurses working in primary care and the community in 2007. Nurses have to apply for the title and provide supporting evidence including patient and peer feedback.
QNI director Rosemary Cook said that there had never been a more important time to expand a community of like-minded nurses focused on patient-centred care, improving the quality of care, and championing community nursing.
She also announced that a new, flexible development programme for Queen's Nurses would begin in 2010, and that the growing regional groups of Queen's Nurses would receive some financial support from QNI, following two generous donations to the organisation.
‘These donations show how the QN concept is beginning to be understood and valued,' Ms Cook said.
The ‘Queen's Nurse' title dates to 1859, when the first district nursing service was set up by Liverpool businessman William Rathbone IV. He later helped to set up the QNI to train community nurses or ‘Queen's Nurses', so called because Queen Victoria was their patron.