Solent NHS Trust nurse, Kathryn Hammond, has joined an elite band of healthcare professionals carrying the title ‘Queen’s Nurse’ (QN).
Kathryn, who is a modern matron within Solent NHS Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), will be conferred with her title at an invitation-only ceremony in London on Monday 25 June.
The QN title is open to individual nurses who want to demonstrate their commitment to patient-centred values and continually improving practice. Achieving the QN title enables nurses to join a growing network of like-minded nurses, marking the beginning of a process of learning and leadership.
“I am very grateful to two of my clients as well as my manager, Sonia King, who contributed to my application process. Receiving the title means a personal recognition of the contribution that I have made to children and young people throughout my career. I am very proud to be a nurse, especially one within CAMHS and this award recognises this. I can’t wait to go to London to receive my new title…and maybe see the Queen!” said Kathryn.
“The award will also provide me with further opportunities to initiate and assist with local practice developments through a national and regional networking process with other QNs and the Queen’s Nursing Institute,” she added.
Kate Slater, Head of Integrated Early Help and Prevention, said Kathryn’s achievement was very well deserved. “Kathryn deserves to be very proud of this achievement, which is a testament to her skill, tenacity and dedication to the profession. She is an inspiration to us all and, hopefully, because of her achievement, even more nurses will aspire to become a Queen’s Nurse too!” //Ends
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