Tania awarded Queen’s Nurse title

NHS Borders health visitor Tania Ferguson has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Nurse title.
Tania Ferguson with her Queen's Nurse Award. Photo: Lesley Martin.Tania Ferguson with her Queen's Nurse Award. Photo: Lesley Martin.
Tania Ferguson with her Queen's Nurse Award. Photo: Lesley Martin.

Tania was nominated to join the programme for consistently being at the forefront of improvement and innovation in health visiting, driving forward practice development, staff wellbeing and person-centred practice.

Upon being awarded her title at a ceremony in Edinburgh, Tania said: “This award means the world to me. After 35 years in nursing, striving to do my best, I was truly honoured to be nominated.

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“The programme has been a profoundly transformative experience which has given me the opportunity to develop as a person, in order to be the best nurse I can be.”

She added: "I am entirely committed to delivering person-centred care and shaping workplaces where staff can be well and flourish, and, ultimately making a difference to the health and wellbeing of the families and teams I work with.”

Sarah Horan, Director of Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to Tania on her award. I know that she has really embraced the journey to becoming a Queen’s Nurse.

“The process of being accepted onto the programme isn’t an easy one – and it is testament to Tania’s hard work and dedication that she has been awarded this title and the fantastic opportunities that come with it.

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“Six nurses from NHS Borders have now been awarded Queen’s Nurse status since the programme was re-established in 2017. It is a fabulous learning and leadership development opportunity and I hope that more of our community-based nurses will be successful in the future.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Tania joined 19 other community nurses in completing the nine-month programme, which consisted of a week-long residential workshop followed by two further workshops and individual coaching sessions.

At Friday’s formal ceremony, each nurse received a Queen’s Nurse badge, a certificate, and a specially commissioned Harris Tweed sash or tie, presented by Chief Nursing Officer Professor Alex McMahon.