International Practice Development Journal


Title of ArticleThe Queen’s Nurse Excellence Profile: A framework for expert practice in our communities
Type of ArticleCritical Reflection on Practice Development
Author/sClare Cable
ReferenceVolume 8, Issue 1, Article 10
Date of PublicationMay 2018
Keywordsclinical leadership, community nursing, excellence, person-centred nursing, professional development, reflective practice, Scotland


Background: In 2015 the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, a charitable organisation with a 130-year history, took the decision to reintroduce the Queen’s Nurse title to Scotland. We co-created an ‘Excellence Profile’ to set out what a new Queen’s Nurse might look like, and in 2016 I applied for a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship to support my role in enabling this new programme.

Aims: This article aims to describe and critically reflect on the journey of Scotland’s Queen’s Nurse programme from inspiration to realisation, and my parallel journey of developing as a leader and expert facilitator.

Conclusions: The Excellence Profile truly resonates with practitioners and has enabled transformational personal and professional development journeys over the course of the first nine-month Queen’s Nurse programme. It has also provided a useful framework for my own learning and development in seeking to become the best I can be.

Implications for practice:

The Queen’s Nurse Excellence Profile has a strong resonance with expert community nursing practitioners as a framework for personal and professional development

This article by Clare Cable is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 License.

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