A community nurse has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
Di Walker, from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), was among 90 nurses from across the country to be recognised for their commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.
Di is a Continence Specialist Nurse in Louth and across east Lincolnshire, and provides care and guidance to those experiencing problems with bowel and bladder control.
Di hopes to use her title to help raise the profile of continence. She said: “I think it’s important to help improve the knowledge of both the public and healthcare professionals about what we can do to help manage debilitating symptoms and provide treatment. Often people with continence issues have had the problem for several years and assume that it is an inevitable part of the ageing process or something they must live with. This is not the case.”
Sue Cousland, Chief Nurse and Director of Operations at LCHS, said they were very proud of Di’s achievements. There are now nine Queen’s Nurses at Lincolnshire Community Health Services.
The QNI is a charity dedicated to improving nursing care of people in their own homes. The title of Queen’s Nurse is open to community nurses with more than three years’ experience. Managers and patients provide feedback about applicants, which is assessed along with their application.
For more information, visit www.qni.org.uk