A senior nurse practitioner at DHU Health Care, who was previously awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse, has now received a long service award by the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
Lorraine Smith, who joined DHU Health Care part-time in 2015, came into their Ashgate Manor offices in Chesterfield to display her badges and certificates. She was welcomed by Jenny Tilson, Director of Nursing and Quality and Paul Tilson, Managing Director DHU Urgent Care (Derbyshire) who congratulated her on a career spanning 40 years in nursing.
Back in 2014 she was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award by the Queen’s Nursing Institute and then in March this year she received the Long Service Award.
Asked about it felt to get the Queen’s Award Lorraine said “The reception was such a nice event. I was given the award by the former Chief Nurse Jane Cummings. It felt great and as I approached retirement it felt like a consolidation of all the experience and achievements I had gained being a nurse.”
The long service award came through the Queen’s Nursing Institute because I had more than 21 years community experience. I am very proud to receive the certificate and badge for the award.”
Lorraine began her nursing career in 1979 at Lincoln County Hospital. After qualifying she moved to Manchester Royal Infirmary and continued to build up her expertise in Community Nursing up until 2000 when she returned to District Nursing. Shortly afterwards she received funding as a trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) to complete a Master’s degree in Health and Social Care. She qualified as an and ANP in 2007.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute, QNI, is a registered charity that is dedicated to improving the nursing care of people in the home and community. The Institute founded all the way back in 1887 and whilst it no longer trains nurses it does offer professional support and development.
The title of ‘Queen’s Nurse’ (QN) is presented to individual nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice.
Lorraine, who retired in 2017, still continues to work occasional shifts for DHU Health Care and spends the rest of her free time with her family.
All photographs by Tom Oxley.