Thrilled to be a Queen’s Nurse

A Skegness area nurse is to receive a special award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the care and support of patients

Julie Ashton, a respiratory case manager based at County Hospital, Louth, has been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Having notched up 35 years’ service with the NHS, Julie currently works in the community covering the Skegness, Mablethorpe and Alford areas supporting patients who are acutely ill or coming out of hospital.

She was nominated for the award by her manager and her nomination was supported by personal statements from four of her patients.

Julie’s career started at the age of 18 when she became a State Enrolled Nurse. Seven years later she became a Registered General Nurse and for the past 30 years she has been working in the community.

Julie also completed a Specialist Nurse Practitioner degree at the age of 50.

“I started off in A&E, which I loved, but due to personal circumstances I moved over to working in the community and never looked back,” said Julie.

She added: “I found out just two days after my birthday that I’d been nominated for the award. I was thrilled. My job is very busy and rewarding so it is lovely to get some recognition for the work I do.”

Julie has become the 19th Queen’s Nurse at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). Sue Cousland, Chief Nurse and director of operations at LCHS, said: “We are very proud of our ever-growing team of Queen’s Nurses at Lincolnshire Community Health Services and they are rightly recognised for the contributions they make to patient care and the development of our future nurses and leaders.

“We offer our best wishes and congratulations to Julie for her achievements.”

Julie will receive her award at an official ceremony in November.