One of Sirona care & health’s children’s team in North Somerset has received the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) from community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

Rosie Grenter, Lead Nurse with the North Somerset Community Children’s Team, is now one of around 1,300 nurses across the UK who have earned this award.

The title is not an award for past service, but indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.

Rosie has been a nurse for 20 years after qualifying at Kings College, London and has worked in Community Children’s Services for 18 of those years.

To become a Queen’s Nurse Rosie needed to supply supporting statements from colleagues and families who have worked closely with her over the years.

Rosie also needed to submit three essays on different aspects of nursing, including her vision for the future of the profession.

In one essay Rosie discussed the need for nursing to reflect the society it represents – anyone can be treated by a nurse, so anyone should have the opportunity to become a nurse.

The application also involved an assessment of her work, which gave Rosie the opportunity to show how the community nursing service she and her team provides to North Somerset families is integrated with the care provided by teams at Weston General Hospital, the Local Authority  and other health providers.

Rosie said: “I am proud to have become a Queen’s Nurse. The path to achieve this was not easy, but it has been worthwhile.

“Working with children, young people and families in our community is so important and I want to share what we have achieved in North Somerset with nurses across the country.”

Queen’s Nurses are appointed by the national Queen Nurse’s Institute (QNI).

Mary Lewis, Director of Nursing at Sirona, said: “It is fantastic Rosie has become a Queen’s Nurse. This is a great accomplishment for Rosie, her team and Sirona.

“Our values are that we provide care for people as if we are supporting a member of our own family and by becoming a Queen’s Nurse, Rosie has demonstrated she lives and breathes this.”

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of the QNI said: “On behalf of the QNI I would like to congratulate Rosie and welcome her as a Queen’s Nurse. Queen’s Nurses serve as leaders and role models in community nursing, delivering high quality health care across the country. The application and assessment process to become a Queen’s Nurse is rigorous and requires clear commitment to improving care for patients, their families and carers. We look forward to working with Rosie and all other new Queen’s Nurses who have received the title this year.”