Two nurses from the Western Isles appeared in the national line-up of new Queen’s Nurses chosen by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland.

QNIS is a charitable organisation promoting excellence in community nursing to improve the health and well-being of the people of Scotland. QNIS also aims to advance the professional development of community nurses in a number of ways including making education grants and hosting regional events around issues of professional interest to community-based staff.

They also aim to promote the use of evidence-based practice. The Institute supports the generation of new knowledge for practice by funding research projects and the implementation of evidence in practice through innovation grants.

“Our purpose is to enable nurses who work in Scotland’s communities to be the very best they can be,” QNIS says.  One of their priorities for action between 2016 and 2020 was the reintroduction of the Queen’s Nurse title and the 2020 awards ceremony took place on Thursday night (November 26) via Zoom and YouTube.

“Very 2020. Huge congratulations to all participants awarded Queens Nurse title. Well-deserved in this extraordinary year,” commented Michael Davidson, manager for Health/ Wellbeing/ Social Care in Scotland for the Open University, via Twitter.

QNIS said of its Awards: “There is a Queens Nurse in every corner of Scotland and in these difficult times nurses continue to put others first and make a difference. Congratulations and thank you.”

One of the awards went to an MS Specialist Nurse from NHS Western Isles, described as "delivering an innovative and equitable service for people living with Multiple Sclerosis."  This is Rachel Morrison of Eoropie, Ness.  NHS Western Isles commented on Twitter: “Well done, Rachel.”

Another award went to someone who is “touching the lives of rural communities every day, our next award goes to a District Nurse from the Isle of South Uist, NHS Western Isles, Annie Macdonald.”  Annie, who is from Barra, said she was “very proud and privileged to have been inducted as a Queen’s Nurse tonight…never been prouder to be a nurse than in the crazy year that 2020 has been…better days are coming.”