A nurse from Hastings has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Queen’s Nurse’ from the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
Jane Cook has spent 25 years specialising in meeting the health needs of excluded groups such as homeless families, Travellers and Gypsies and asylum seekers and refugees, and received the award at a ceremony in London last month.
Jane has also contributed to national guidance about commissioning health services for homeless people and is giving a keynote presentation at the Queen's Nursing Institute's "Nursing Vulnerable People" Conference in Manchester this week highlighting the health needs of homeless families.
The title 'Queens's Nurse' recognises community nurses who are experienced and expert in their practice and who have earned the trust and respect of their patients. It allows them to join the Queens Nurse working group which focuses on the future development of community nurses nationally.
Jane said: "I feel very honoured to have been awarded the title of Queens Nurse. It recognises the work I have done over the last 25 years in providing and developing high quality services for individuals, families, groups and communities who are excluded and also supporting colleagues nationally who work with people who are excluded.
"In receiving this award I have to thank my colleagues and also the clients who I have worked with as well. Without them, I wouldn't have achieved as much as I have done."