Children’s nurse awarded top nursing title

Published: 28 June 2019

Lisa Pullen, a community children’s nurse with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN).

Lisa was awarded the nationally important title by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) at a ceremony in London, recognising her high standards of community nursing practice.

She works as Clinical Service lead for Specialist Children’s Community Nursing (Eastern Devon) for Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD). CHFD is a partnership with the Trust, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust, Devon Partnership NHS Trust, and Northern Devon Healthcare Trust.

The awards, presented by Dr Ruth May (Chief Nursing Officer for England), indicate a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.

Lisa said: “The title of Queen’s nurse embodies the high standards that I consider myself to hold both in my clinical practice and within the service that I am responsible for. I am very proud to become a Queen’s Nurse and join network of other nurses who share common values to develop community nursing practice.”

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive of the QNI said: “On behalf of the QNI I would like to congratulate Lisa and welcome her as a Queen’s Nurse. Queen’s Nurses serve as leaders and role models in community nursing, delivering high quality health care across the country.

“The application and assessment process to become a Queen’s Nurse is rigorous and requires clear commitment to improving care for patients, their families and carers. We look forward to working with Lisa and all other new Queen’s Nurses who have received the title this year.”

Lisa added: “I have worked as a community nurse manager within Devon for the last 10 years. I undertook my Children’s Community Nurse specialist practitioner qualification in 2,000 and have worked in various roles including Children’s Community Matron, Children’s Cancer Care Nurse and Specialist Palliative Care Nurse over the years.

“I am responsible for the professional leadership of the nurses to ensure that they are delivering high quality and evidence based nursing care. I am responsible for the strategic development of the community nursing service and how this integrates with wider children’s service and partner providers.”

She is the service manager for four specialist children’s nursing teams who deliver nursing care in the community setting across Devon.

The specialist teams include:

  • Special School Nurses providing nursing support and clinical training to children with complex health needs in specialist schools and to staff.
  • Children’s Community Nurses deliver nursing care to children aged up to 18 in the community with acute, complex or long term conditions. They provide clinical care, urgent advice and supporting training in clinical tasks for parents and carers.
  • Children’s Palliative Care Nurses care for children with a life-limiting or life threatening diagnosis to support emotional and physical wellbeing throughout the child and families palliative journey. They provide symptom management advice to families and other professionals and support end of life care in the home.
  • Continuing Health Care nurses support children and their families who require intensive home care packages in the community.

Lisa qualified in 1993 in Staffordshire as a Children’s Nurse before working as a Children’s Nurse in various acute units and pursuing community nursing. Her clinical special interest is in palliative care and has specialist qualifications in prescribing and palliative care.