We are delighted that Jenna, who has been a Demelza East Sussex community nurse for 17 years, has been awarded the prestigious title of 'Queen's Nurse' by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The Queen’s Nurse programme brings together community nurses to develop their professional skills and deliver outstanding patient care, and only individuals who demonstrate the highest level of commitment in their community are eligible for the title.

Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.

Jenna works from Demelza’s community hub in St Leonards and has been a Demelza East Sussex community nurse for 17 years, having been inspired by her sister, who has a complex health condition, to join the nursing profession.

The work is varied and no two days are the same for Jenna as she plans her days around the children and families she supports, making sure she meets their needs and adapts to their personal circumstances.

Jenna said:

“I’m really honoured to become a Queen’s Nurse. It’s nice to be recognised in this way, as I feel the importance of community nursing – supporting families to stay out of hospitals and providing care where and when it’s needed – can be easily forgotten about. As far as I know, this is the only title that specifically recognises community nursing and supports its growth. My team at Demelza has been amazingly supportive and I’m glad to be celebrating this with them!”

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of the QNI said:

“On behalf of the QNI I would like to congratulate Jenna and welcome her as a Queen’s Nurse.

Queen’s Nurses serve as leaders and role models in community nursing, delivering high quality health care across the country. The application and assessment process to become a Queen’s Nurse is rigorous and requires clear commitment to improving care for patients, their families and carers. We look forward to working with Jenna and all other new Queen’s Nurses who have received the title this year.”

Incredible team members like Jenna make it possible to provide extraordinary care to extraordinary children every day, all year round. Congratulations Jenna on this outstanding achievement!