Keri awarded Queen’s Nurse title

Keri Ratter.

A SCHOOL nurse from Tingwall has become the latest local recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Nurse title.

Keri Ratter was award the title alongside 20 other community nurses at a ceremony in Edinburgh last week.

The nurse undertook a nine-month development programme organised by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland before collecting the title.

Last year Clare Stiles, NHS Shetland’s team leader for child health, also received the title.

Keri was nominated for the title for “providing high quality, compassionate care to people in her community”.

She works as the lead school nurse of a newly developed team and is “striving for an active and accessible service for all schools and home-schooled children right across Shetland”.

“I have a strong core value that all the children and young people should have access to an equal, fair and positive school nurse service even on the most remote of islands,” she said.

“I have a determination that this is the service that we will develop to the highest standard.

“As a nurse, I strongly believe that we have a duty to give the best service we can, and for me this is especially so for children and young people. Giving them the best start in life will have a lasting impact for years to come, for themselves and for those they have contact with, encouraging skills for satisfying, fulfilling, and healthy lives.”

NHS Shetland chief executive Ralph Roberts said he was “delighted that Keri’s commitment to her patients and nursing as a career is being recognised in this way”.

The Queen’s Nurse title has been given out since the late 1800s and was traditionally awarded to nurses who completed training which allowed them to work as district nurses.