Prestigious title for nurse

PUBLISHED: 11:44 13 September 2007 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 May 2010

Christine Turnbull, who is hoping to make positive changes in nursing and patient care. 	Photo: GEOFF DURRANT

Christine Turnbull, who is hoping to make positive changes in nursing and patient care. Photo: GEOFF DURRANT

AN Ely nurse is one of just 19 in the country to be awarded the prestigious title of Queen s Nurse. Christine Turnbull, who works as a practice nurse at the Lantern Centre at the Princess of Wales Hospital, will travel to London next month to receive an a

AN Ely nurse is one of just 19 in the country to be awarded the prestigious title of Queen's Nurse.

Christine Turnbull, who works as a practice nurse at the Lantern Centre at the Princess of Wales Hospital, will travel to London next month to receive an award from England's chief nursing officer, professor Chris Beasley, CBE.

Mrs Turnbull, 52, a qualified nurse for 30 years, said: "I am very honoured to receive this title and hopefully it will give reassurances to patients who are anxious about the care they will receive that they are in safe hands."

Mrs Turnbull applied for the title by writing to The Queen's Nursing Institute, which is a registered charity. She submitted information about her qualifications and training, wrote a detailed essay about how she tries to improve patient care, and supplied references and feedback from patients.

She will meet with other Queen's Nurses twice a year to share ideas about working methods.

Mrs Turnbull said: "This is a really exciting new challenge for me and I hope to be able to make changes for the good in nursing and patient care.

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