Department of Nursing

Brookes Academic Awarded Queen's Nurse Title

Friday, 13 November 2015

Jennifer Kirman Queens Nurse

An academic at Oxford Brookes University has been awarded the title of Queen's Nurse. Jennifer Kirman is currently the course leader for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (health visiting and school nursing), District Nursing and Community Children’s nursing. 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.

An academic at Oxford Brookes University has been awarded the title of Queen's Nurse. Jennifer Kirman is currently the course leader for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (health visiting and school nursing), District Nursing and Community Children’s nursing.  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. Jennifer Joins a committed network of Queen's Nurses at the Queen's Nursing Institute, among which is colleague Ruth Castle (Senior Lecturer for the District Nurse Course) who joined the faculty this September.

Jennifer Kirman receiving the Queen's Nurse award

Jennifer Kirman Queens Nurse

Jennifer has been involved in many projects as part of her professional development. She rolled out the use of an electronic portfolio across the community nursing courses as well as Oxford Brookes more widely. She also standardised values based recruitment amongst the neighbouring/commissioning NHS Trusts which ensures a high calibre of students entering into the community nursing programmes. This success and hard work from Jennifer was noticed by colleagues and friends who encouraged her to apply for the award.

Speaking about the award Jennifer has said “I am really excited about the opportunity of being collectively involved in raising the profile for community nursing. Joining a network of likeminded 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”. This award is even more special for Jennifer as her own grandmother was a district nurse who also received the Queen's Nurses award from the Queen Mother.

Jennifer now looks forward to being involved in many more pioneering projects to shape community services and encourages her community and educator colleagues to read more about the QNI and apply.

You can read more about the QNI and how to apply  HERE

Queens nurse mother

Jennifer's Grandmother Margaret Darley was also awarded the title of Queen's Nurse