Nurses Zara and Sharon receive Queen’s recognition

Sharon Paine
Sharon Paine

TWO nurses have been recognised by the Queen for their hard work.

Zara Beeden, community matron, and Sharon Paine, public health co-ordinator for children and families, were among 35 community nurses from across the country who were presented with the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse at a ceremony in London.

Zara Beeden

Zara Beeden

They were given their title by Rosalynde Lowe CBE, chairman of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

As a community matron in Hastings, Ms Beeden works with people over 65 with multiple, complex long-term conditions to prevent unnecessary and avoidable hospital admissions.

Her colleague’s role sees her working with children’s services to help increase breastfeeding rates and reduce childhood accidents.

The title of Queen’s Nurse is not an award for past service, but recognises commitment to high standards of patient care.

Nurses who hold the title also benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, and networking opportunities.

Receiving the title, Ms Paine said: “It’s fantastic to be given the title as it means that clients, colleagues and managers believe that what I am doing makes a difference.”

Rosemary Cook CBE, QNI director, said: “Congratulations are due to both Zara and Sharon for their success.

“Community nurses operate in an ever more challenging world and our role is to support them as effectively as we can.

“The QN title is a key part of this and we would encourage other community nurses to apply.”