1. What is a Queen’s Nurse?
  2. What are the benefits of becoming a Queen’s Nurse?
  3. What are the criteria required to apply for the Queen’s Nurse title?
  4. Is the Queen’s Nurse title a substitute for the district nurse qualification?
  5. Is this title only for district nurses?
  6. Can I nominate someone else for the title of Queen’s Nurse?
  7. I’m a midwife – can I apply?
  8. I am a nurse in Scotland – can I apply?
  9. I have a colleague who has given many years’ service to community nursing. Should I encourage him/her to apply?
  10. How is the Queen’s Nurse title different from the Outstanding Service Award?
  11. If I was successful in receiving the title of Queen’s Nurse, could I accept it on behalf of my team?
  12. I want to apply for the title of Queen’s Nurse but I am in a managerial/ educational role and no longer have direct patient contact; can I still apply?
  13. I want to apply for the title of Queen’s Nurse but I work with young children/ people with learning disability /older people who would not be able to complete the form, what should I do?
  14. If I am a Fund for Innovation project leader; can I apply to be a Queen’s Nurse?
  15. I’m just an ordinary nurse doing my job – the title Queen’s Nurse sounds elitist – is it for me?
  16. I have been reported to the NMC can I apply whilst the investigation is ongoing?
  17. I am under disciplinary measures at work; can I apply while these are in force?
  18. Am I able to re-apply if my previous application has been unsuccessful?
  19. I have run a successful project which has had a major impact on patient care. Can I enter that for the Queen’s Nurse title?
  20. I want the Queen’s Nurse title but I won’t have the time to attend networking meetings – does this matter?
  21. I want to apply for the title of Queen’s Nurse but work in a self-employed capacity/own my own business so do not have a manager. Can I still apply?

What is a Queen’s Nurse?

A Queen’s Nurse is someone who is committed to high standards of practice and patient-centred care. They are trusted and valued by their patients and respected and admired by their peers. They are enthusiastic and passionate about the care they provide.

The Queen’s Nurse title is not a qualification, and it is not a requirement to help you to take on a particular role. It is a commitment to quality care, advocacy for patients, families and carers, and to learning and development. A Queen’s Nurse:

  • demonstrates integrity, honesty and compassion whilst delivering the highest quality care to the benefit of individuals, their families and carers, and their peers
  • communicates in a manner which engenders the trust of individuals
  • offers holistic, personalised care which acknowledges, and is tailored to, the needs of the client
  • acts as an inspiring role model to peers and professional colleagues
  • is committed to learning and the development of community nursing.
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What are the benefits of becoming a Queen’s Nurse?

The title gives special recognition of your commitment to your profession and:

  • signals your enduring commitment to providing best care for patients, being a role model for colleagues, and promoting care in the home and community
  • enables you to join a network of Queen’s Nurses committed to the same values for learning, development and support
  • links you to a nursing organisation with a 130 year history of inspiring, involving and investing in nurses, giving you opportunities to influence policy and practice
  • links you to regional meetings in your area
  • provides access to our QN annual conference, bursaries and networking
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What are the criteria required to apply for the Queen’s Nurse title?

  • Currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (please make sure your NMC record is up to date)
  • Minimum of working five years in a community or primary care setting
  • Currently working in England, Wales or Northern Ireland with people in their own homes or other community-based settings
  • Working in the community setting for a minimum of 50% of their time
  • Continuing engagement with a patient for a minimum of three months
  • Known to additional contributors for a minimum of six months
  • Known to direct line manager for a minimum of one year
  • Must not be under investigation by the NMC or employing organisation
  • Must not be the subject of any disciplinary proceedings
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Is the Queen’s Nurse title a substitute for the district nurse qualification?

No. It is not an educational course, and does not give the nurse a qualification.  Instead, it brings together nurses who can show evidence that they are committed to patient-centred care, and to continually improving practice.

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Is this title only for district nurses?

No.  The title is open to registered nurses and specialist community public health nurses working in the community or primary care in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. These include district nurses, practice nurses, nurse educators and lecturers, managers, prison nurses, school nurses, health visitors, nursing home nurses, homeless health nurses and many more. This list is not exhaustive.

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Can I nominate someone else for the title of Queen’s Nurse?

No. Individuals need to apply personally for the title. However, if you think a colleague would make a good Queen’s Nurse, please do encourage them to apply.

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I’m a midwife – can I apply?

Midwives who also have a valid registration as a nurse on the NMC register and who work in the community are welcome to apply.

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I am a nurse in Scotland – can I apply?

The QNI can only award the title to nurses in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. A separate charity, QNI Scotland, supports Scottish community nurses and has recently re-introduced the title of Queen’s Nurse. Contact QNIS by telephoning 0131 229 2333, or visit their website at www.qnis.org.uk/the-new-queens-nurse-title.

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I have a colleague who has given many years’ service to community nursing. Should I encourage him/her to apply?

The Queen’s Nurse title marks the start of a process of learning and leadership for nurses with a minimum of five years’ experience in the community; it is not a reward for long service.

Your colleague may wish to apply for the Long Service Award.

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How is the Queen’s Nurse title different from the Outstanding Service Award?

Nurses can only be nominated for the Outstanding Service Award by their colleagues, for exceptional achievement in their careers. The Queen’s Nurse title marks the beginning of a process of shared learning and leadership, in a community of other nurses with the same values. Nurses must apply for the title themselves.

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If I was successful in receiving the title of Queen’s Nurse, could I accept it on behalf of my team?

No. The title of Queen’s Nurse is given to an individual. Therefore it cannot be accepted on behalf of a team.

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I want to apply for the title of Queen’s Nurse but I am in a managerial/ educational role and no longer have direct patient contact; can I still apply?

Yes. Where the applicant is in a managerial/educational role, we ask for additional contributions from colleagues or students in place of patient contributions. (You must know your colleague or student for at least six months).  Please contact a member of the Practice Development Team at [email protected] to request the appropriate ‘additional contributor feedback form’.

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I want to apply for the title of Queen’s Nurse but I work with young children/ people with learning disability /older people who would not be able to complete the form, what should I do?

You could invite a carer or family member to complete the patient contribution form on behalf of your client. Please ensure this is clearly stated on the form.

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If I am a Fund for Innovation project leader; can I apply to be a Queen’s Nurse?

Yes, definitely.  Applying for the title would be a natural progression.

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I’m just an ordinary nurse doing my job – the title Queen’s Nurse sounds elitist – is it for me?

If you are committed to high standards of care, learning and leadership and want to join other nurses with the same values, then the Queen’s Nurse title is for you. Please note you will need to have five years’ experience working as a community nurse to be able to apply.

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I have been reported to the NMC can I apply whilst the investigation is ongoing?

No. You must wait until the outcome of the investigation is known. Please contact the practice development team to discuss further.

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I am under disciplinary measures at work; can I apply while these are in force?

No. You must wait until the issue has been resolved. If disciplinary measures are in place you cannot apply for the QN title.

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Am I able to re-apply if my previous application has been unsuccessful?

Yes, although reapplication does not guarantee success.

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I have run a successful project which has had a major impact on patient care. Can I enter that for the Queen’s Nurse title?

You could certainly cite your project in your application, demonstrating a personal achievement and how you have reflected on and learned from the experience. But the Queen’s Nurse title depends on the whole of your practice as a nurse, not just one project or specific achievement. The assessors look for a more rounded picture of your work and your commitment to improving patient care.

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I want the Queen’s Nurse title but I won’t have the time to attend networking meetings – does this matter?

The Queen’s Nurse title is the start of a process of learning, networking and leadership. We ask our Queen’s Nurses to attend at least one workshop/meeting a year; we also encourage QNs to keep in touch with us and inform us of developments.

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I want to apply for the title of Queen’s Nurse but work in a self-employed capacity/own my own business so do not have a manager. Can I still apply?

You must be able to provide a contribution from a manager. If this is not possible, you will be unable to apply.

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