Rare Queen’s Nurse award for enthusiastic lecturer

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A nursing lecturer has been honoured with the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse for her high standards of patient care in a long career.

Agnes Fanning, of King Edward Avenue, Aylesbury, was just one of 57 nurses nationwide to be recognised at the Queen’s Nursing Institute awards at a London ceremony.

The head of primary care and public health at Bucks New University said: “Very few educationalists are awarded a Queen’s Nurse title and I am delighted to have achieved this high profile and official acknowledgement of my contribution to community nursing.”

Mrs Fanning, who previously worked as a district nurse for Aylesbury Vale Community Healthcare NHS Trust from 1988 to 1996, said it was down to her students she applied.

She added: “A number of my students prompted me to apply as they have said that if it was not for my enthusiasm and commitment to community nursing and care they would not have taken the career paths they have chosen, and that my focus in this area had really helped them.

“Earning the Queen’s Nurse title will help me continue that work.”

The title enables nurses to benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries and networking opportunities.

Institute director Crystal Oldman, who had previously worked with Mrs Fanning at the university said: “Congratulations to Agnes for her hard earned success.

“Community nurses operate in an ever challenging world and our role is to support them as effectively as we can.

“The Queen’s Nurse title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply.”