One of our nurses has received the notable honour of being made a Queen's Nurse.
Nina Turner, Healthcare Manager at Rochester prison, declared herself to be "in shock" at the news, but to those who are familiar with her recent achievements, this latest distinction will come as no surprise.
Nina is well known for helping to introduce an innovative programme of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Maidstone Prison, work for which she received the Nursing Times Respiratory Award 2013, together with Lead Physiotherapist Helen Jefford and fitness instructors at Maidstone Prison. In recognition of this work, she was invited to a reception at Clarence House where she met Prince Charles. Nina is also a member of the Royal College of Nursing Criminal Justice Services Forum.
The title of Queen's Nurse is awarded by charity The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) to community nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice. As a Queen's Nurse, Nina will become a member of the QN network and attend regular meetings with like-minded colleagues from across the country.
Nina will receive her badge and certificate at an awards ceremony in the spring.