A Western Isles community nurse has been selected for a special professional development
programme to that will earn them the right to use the coveted Queen’s Nurse title.
Debra Vickers, who works as a BHF cardiac specialist nurse, is set to be one of first
nurses to receive the title in Scotland for almost 50 years.
The modern Queen’s Nurses, drawn from health boards and other independent organisations
across Scotland, will enable teams to promote health improvement and deliver quality
NHS Western Isles nurse director, Chris Anne Campbell, said: “The shift towards providing
more care closer to people’s homes offers exciting opportunities for the further
development of community nursing.”
After the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) training, modern Queen’s Nurses
will support new models of care to promote health improvement and local delivery
Clare Cable, chief executive of QNIS, said: “All the nurses who are taking part in
our programme have demonstrated their impact as experienced practitioners and clinical
“Now they want to further enhance their professional skills by really making a difference
for Scotland’s communities as Queen’s Nurses.”
Historically, the Queen’s Nurse title was awarded to district nurses who training
to work in the community, providing healthcare to people in their own homes.
The new Queen’s Nurses will take part in a nine-month programme, developing and honing
their existing skills and capabilities.