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Wednesday 16 March 2016

Lecturer accepted by Queen’s Nursing Institute

Congratulations are in order for Kim Irvine, Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care here at Southampton Solent University.

She’s just been accepted into the prestigious Queens Nursing Institute, an exclusive group reserved for some of the country’s most well-respected healthcare professionals. Here’s what she had to say:

I am really pleased with this achievement on a number of levels, not least as it is a lengthy process with no guarantee of being accepted. It required references from peers, managers and students, as well as in depth written pieces from myself regarding both my nursing work over the years and my philosophy of nursing.

The QNI is a body of current experienced, knowledgeable and skilled registered nurses who the QNI board consider as role models and leaders in promoting quality care, leadership and learning locally and nationally. There are around 800+ QNI nurses nationally, a good number in senior positions, and the institute is growing in numbers.

It will assist networking with like minded peers and support elements of my own continued professional development, as they offer a variety of learning materials for members to support students and staff, and hold regular workshops and conferences. It will in turn also support the learning and development of our students, NHS staff and colleagues who support delivery of our Health and Social Care Foundation Degree.

There will be regular local QNI meetings to contribute to, and I am also looking forward to attending regular informative QNI Conferences. The next conference (in April) covers the new registered nurse revalidation processes and learning and development of health care staff in the community. A number of registered nurses will also be presenting on their activities and developments in practice both locally and nationally.

I can now use the initials QN after my name if I choose, and I am invited to a membership award ceremony in London where I will formally receive my badge and certificate. The work now begins to ensure that I maintain my membership through the current work I do as a health and social care senior lecturer with my colleagues and students – I revalidate every three years with the QNI as well as the Nursing and Midwifery Council to keep my registration.

Interested in a career in health and social care? Find out more about the range of undergraduate health and social care courses offered here at Solent.