Academic awarded Queen’s Nurse title

Monday, 21 December 2015

Queen's Nurse Award

An Oxford Brookes academic has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Nurse title, 36 years after her grandmother received the same accolade.

Jennifer Kirman is currently the course leader for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, District Nursing and Community Children’s Nursing in the Department of Nursing at Oxford Brookes University.

Jennifer attended an awards ceremony in November at the Royal Garden Hotel alongside 110 Queen’s Nurses and received her badge and certificate by Director of Nursing at Public Health England and the Department of Health and Oxford Brookes Honorary Graduate, Professor Viv Bennett.

I am really excited about the opportunity of being collectively involved in raising the profile for community nursing.

Jennifer Kirman, Department of Nursing, Oxford Brookes University

Receiving the award was particularly special for Jennifer because her grandmother, who trained as district nurse in 1957, received an award by the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 1979 by the Queen Mother. 

Awarded by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, the application to be a Queen’s Nurse is open to community nurses working in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It gives special recognition of commitment to the community nursing profession, along with providing a supportive network enabling regional meetings, access to a free development programme and bursaries. 

Speaking about the award Jennifer said: “I am really excited about the opportunity of being collectively involved in raising the profile for community nursing. Joining a network of like-minded and creative nurse leaders is inspiring not only for my development but will be cascaded to the students, practitioners in the community and Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.”

There are now 820 Queen’s Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They are pioneers of nursing excellence and are often called upon to contribute to policy and practice development, and as experts who are shadowed by the some of the most senior figures in healthcare policy. 

More information about studying nursing can be found on the Department of Nursing webpages.