Published Friday 19 September 2014 at 16:26
An East Lancashire Nurse and Blackburn resident Angela Graves now boasts the prestigious title ‘Queen’s Nurse’ after receiving a coveted national award from community nursing charity, The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
The ‘Queen’s Nurse’ honour is awarded to indicate a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.
Angela has been the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) Heart Failure Nurse/Nurse Manager for 11 years and has worked with cardiology services in East Lancashire for the past 17 years. An active supporter of heart failure charity Pumping Marvellous, Angela began her training at Blackpool Victoria Hospital before relocating to Blackburn where she qualified as a nurse in 1974.
Angela said: “Being a Queen’s Nurse is a privilege and an achievement I am very proud of. It is a great honour and recognition that my work over the years has helped to improve the care on offer to people in the local community.”
The Queen’s Nurse’ programme is designed for community nurses who want to develop their professional skills and promote the highest standards of patient care.
Angela is now based at Accrington Victoria Hospital.
Angela’s colleagues and patients gave glowing testimonies about her work to impress the Queen’s Nursing Institute judging panel.
Jane Tancock, Community Division Business Manager, said: “We are thrilled that Angela’s significant contribution to nursing has been recognised nationally, and we are so pleased she is part of our team here at East Lancashire Hospitals.
“We deeply value the qualities of clinical nurse leaders and are very proud to have another Queen’s Nurse amongst our staff.”
Angela will now travel to London in November to receive her special Queen’s Nurse honour.