Tar­bert nurse re­ceives Queen’s Nurse award

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Laura Maxwell ed­i­[email protected]­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser.co.uk

Tar­bert woman Cathanna Smith has been awarded the pres­ti­gious ti­tle of Queen’s Nurse.

Cathanna was se­lected ear­lier this year to take part in a nine-month devel­op­ment pro­gramme run by the Queen’s Nurs­ing In­sti­tute Scot­land.

The ad­vanced nurse prac­ti­tioner (ANP) at Tar­bert Med­i­cal Prac­tice was nom­i­nated for pro­vid­ing high qual­ity, com­pas­sion­ate care to peo­ple in her com­mu­nity.

Af­ter com­plet­ing the pro­gramme, Cathanna was awarded the his­toric Queen’s Nurse ti­tle along with 20 other com­mu­nity nurses at a cer­e­mony in Edinburgh on Thurs­day Novem­ber 29.

Cathanna, who has pre­vi­ously been named Ci­ti­zen of the Year in Tar­bert, was se­lected for her on­go­ing com­mit­ment to her pa­tients and ded­i­ca­tion to show­cas­ing the im­por­tant role of the ANP.

Cathanna said: ‘As an ANP, I have the priv­i­lege of deal­ing with ev­ery­one. You get to know the whole com­mu­nity and they get to know you.

‘I love my job, I love com­ing to work, help­ing peo­ple and try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence.’

Liz Hig­gins, lead nurse for Ar­gyll and Bute Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship, said: ‘I am de­lighted Cathanna has been awarded the Queen’s Nurse Award.

‘This is well-de­served and is fit­ting recog­ni­tion of all her hard work and her duty to her pa­tients.’

Each nurse was pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate and badge by Scot­land’s chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer Pro­fes­sor Fiona McQueen dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Pro­fes­sor McQueen said: ‘This year’s Queen’s Nurses ex­em­plify all that is good about nurs­ing and nurses; sup­port­ing peo­ple at their time of great­est need and reach­ing out to peo­ple who of­ten strug­gle to ac­cess ser­vices.

‘Our Queen’s Nurses are am­bas­sadors for nurs­ing and truly in­spi­ra­tional.’

Cathanna Smith, a nurse at Tar­bert Med­i­cal Prac­tice.

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