563 nurses working in community specialisms received the title of Queen’s Nurse in 2023. The total number of Queen’s Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland now stands at over 2500.

The new Queen’s Nurses were appointed by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) and will receive their badges and certificates at the QNI’s Awards Ceremony on 8th December at a venue in central London.

The prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse was reintroduced in 2007 after a gap of almost 40 years. The title is not an award, but a recognition of a nurse’s commitment to ongoing learning, leadership and excellence in healthcare.

Queen’s Nurses must complete a rigorous online application process, and each application is assessed anonymously by two assessors, with an additional moderation process. All applicants must have worked in the community for at least five years – the criteria also allow educators and service managers to apply, and those working in primary care and social care settings.

The Queen’s Nurse network is funded by the generosity of the National Garden Scheme, the longstanding strategic partner of the QNI.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, the Chief Exec of The QNI said:

‘Congratulations to all those nurses who have just received the title of Queen’s Nurse. You join a wonderful, supportive national network of nurses committed to learning, leadership, and providing excellent care for the people they serve. We look forward to working with you.’

Quotes from new Queen’s Nurses

‘Being awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse is extremely humbling and a great honour. It will assist me in my passion for nursing palliative care patients in the community and to support the wellbeing of people in rural communities. Being a part of a historic institute is a great privilege and I look forward to networking with other Queen’s Nurses and sharing our experiences to enhance the lives of our patients.’

‘I couldn’t be more delighted or proud to join the network of brilliant Queen’s Nurses; I am really looking forward to meeting and learning from as many of them as possible as I know my own professional development will benefit from their experience and support.’



Find out more about the Queen’s Nurses Network.

Find out more about the history of the Queen’s Nurse title.

Find out more about the partnership between the QNI and the National Garden Scheme.

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