The achievement of local NHS Highland district nurse Annie Maclean of Ardgour on being awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse has been praised in the Scottish Parliament.
Highlands and Islands Regional MSP Donald Cameron, who proposed the motion praising Annie, said:
“The Queen’s Nurse award, which was originally created during the reign of Queen Victoria, was revived four years ago with the aim of highlighting and supporting the work of outstanding nursing staff in their communities.
“There could hardly be a more appropriate time to celebrate the work and commitment of these outstanding professionals than now, as we come to terms with the impact the Covid pandemic has had on our communities and the health service.
“Without the hard work and commitment exemplified by Annie and her colleagues, our communities here in the Highlands and Islands, and across Scotland, would be much the poorer in terms of the care provided to the people who really need it.”
The motion text is as follows:
That the Parliament congratulates Annie Maclean, who is from Ardgour, on being awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse after completing a development programme run by The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland; notes that this title is awarded to 20 selected clinical leaders each year, who must be community-based registered nurses, midwives or health visitors, and who aim to make things better for people, families and communities and/or help others to make a significant impact; acknowledges that, following Annie’s award, there are now 81 Queen’s Nurses working in communities across Scotland since the title was reintroduced in 2016, and wishes Annie every success as she pursues her role in the communities she serves in the West Highlands.