Cardiac specialist nurse Debra Vickers has completed a professional development programme
which allows the right to use the coveted title.
She is among a group of 20 in Scotland to become a Queen’s Nurse.
Each of the community nurses were nominated for the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland
scheme for providing high quality, compassionate nursing care.
Debra Vickers took up a British Heart Foundation-funded post to set up the Western
Isles Heart Failure Service, with the cardiac nurse team she established now managing
the care of island patients who are living with heart failure.
When the heart failure service was up and running from the Butt of Lewis to Barra,
NHS Western Isles took over the funding from the British Heart Foundation and developments
Debra said: “As a service we are achieving a great deal. It’s about identifying what
people need to make their lives better, and doing your very best to get it for them.
“Becoming a Queen’s Nurse and going through the development programme has made me
even more passionate about community cardiac nursing, and is helping me to find ways
to meet challenges head on.”
Western Isles nurse awarded Queen’s Nurse title
1 December 2017
A Western Isles nurse has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse, marking the first
time the honour has been made in Scotland for almost 50 years.