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Monday 26 July 2021
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Lead Nurse Debra Dooley
Debra Dooley.

Lead Nurse Debra becomes Queens Nurse

Salford Royal’s Debra Dooley, who is the Lead Nurse in Adult Community Services, has been given the prestigious title of Queens Nurse (QN).


Dedicated Debra has been awarded the accolade by charity the Queens Nursing Institute, which works to improve the nursing care of people in their own homes and communities.


Debra qualified as a District Nurse in 1987 and has spent her whole career in community nursing. She started work in Salford in 2008 as a Continence Adviser and became Lead Nurse in Adult Community Services three years later, working to make sure the right staff, with the right skills, are in the right place at the right time.


She said: “I love being a Community Nurse – it is an absolute privilege to be invited into patients’ homes. No two days are ever the same but every day is interesting and rewarding.”


Salford Royal Assistant Director of Nursing June Roberts said: “I am absolutely delighted that Debra has received this honour and congratulate her for her hard work and dedication. We would love to see other community staff follow in her footsteps and become Queens Nurses.”


The title is given to nurses who are committed to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Those who become Queens Nurses get access to development workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.


Debra’s nomination was backed by both managers and peers, who sent written reports about the way she works.


She received her Queens Nurse certificate at a ceremony in London in November, just weeks after taking to the stage at Salford Royal’s own Staff Awards to accept the Improving Cleanliness Award, along with her colleagues Amanda Hobson and Fiona Bentham and on behalf of their community colleagues.