Three Solihull nurses have been recognised for their commitment to high standards of practice and patient-centred care through the Queen’s Nurse programme. Kirsty Millard, Caroline Kelle and Sue Nightingale each received their badge and certificate at a ceremony in London on 9 November.
The title is awarded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute to nurses who demonstrate exceptional commitment to patient-centred values and continually improve their nursing practice. The nurses recognised at the latest ceremony join just 25 other Queen’s Nurses in the West Midlands.
Kirsty Millard has been a Practice Nurse for 15 years, and currently works at Hampton-In-Arden Surgery. She is also the Practice Nurse Development Lead at Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group. She said: “Receiving Queens Nurse status is a fantastic accolade. It reflects the hard work and dedication the practice nursing teams in Solihull are offering. I’m extremely proud to be a practice nurse and becoming part of this prestigious group gives me access to like-minded nurses to develop and improve primary care across Solihull.”
Practice Nurse Caroline Kelle has worked at Hobs Moat Medical Centre for over 12 years. She said: “To me a Queen’s Nurse is someone dedicated to patient care and outcomes, who effects change within their own working environment, who provides support to colleagues and also has the skill to embrace change and innovation. I care what patients think about the care we provide and how we change to improve it.”
Sue Nightingale has been nursing for 31 years, and has worked at Craig Croft Medical Centre for nearly 12 months. She said: “Receiving the Queen’s Nurse title is an honour, and will allow me to promote new ways of learning, training, teaching and sharing knowledge with other nurses.”
Sue Nicholls, Chief Nurse at Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I am extremely proud that Kirsty, Caroline and Sue have achieved Queen’s Nurse status with the Queen’s Nursing Institute. This represents the highest accolade for nurses and demonstrates the good work that our nurses and midwives are doing for patients.”
Pictured l-r: Caroline Kelle, Kirsty Millard, Dr Crystal Oldman (Chief Executive of the Queen's Nursing Institute) and Sue Nightingale