A MORPETH man’s words of praise for a nurse who has gone the extra mile for him has helped her to receive the Royal seal of approval.
Jenny Rasmussen, respiratory nurse specialist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded the Queen’s Nurse title after being nominated by a patient in Morpeth.
Grandfather Gordon Hood, who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), has received care from her over the last couple of years.
As part of the trust’s long-term oxygen team based in Alnwick, Ms Rasmussen provides advice and support to patients requiring oxygen in their own homes. She was the only nurse from the region to receive the accolade in the latest round of awards.
Mr Hood lives with wife Veronica in Stobhill and has three children and six grandchildren.
The 74-year-old said: “Not only has Jenny’s expert advice and support helped me cope better with my COPD, she has given me the confidence to get out and about more on my scooter.
“She always manages to have time for a cup of tea and a chat – she likes a joke and takes a joke well too. To be honest, she’s more like a friend than a nurse. Jenny thoroughly deserves the award, she’s a real gem and certainly goes the extra mile to help.”
The Queen’s Nurse title celebrates the achievements of nurses who are delivering patient-centred care and making a real impact on improving care in peoples’ homes and communities.
Ms Rasmussen, who has been working as a nurse in the North East for more than 30 years, said: “It’s a massive honour to be given the title of Queen’s Nurse and the fact that I was nominated by a patient makes it extra special.
“To be recognised for delivering patient-centred care and going the extra mile is brilliant as that is what I’ve worked to achieve throughout my nursing career.
“It’s a pleasure doing the job and seeing the difference we can make to patients’ lives is extremely rewarding.”
Since the award, she has become a community matron managing patients with complex illnesses.
CAN CUT FROM HERE Northumbria Healthcare’s long-term oxygen service provides support to patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside who require oxygen as a result of their respiratory or neurological conditions. The service also assists patients receiving palliative care.
Rosemary Stephenson, director of nursing at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is brilliant that Jenny has been given this prestigious title and we would like to congratulate her on her award.
“It rewards her commitment to providing high quality care to her patients and, most importantly, doing that little bit more which really makes a difference. She epitomises what we as a trust strive to deliver.”
Ms Rasmussen was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute. The institute, which traces its origins to 1889 and a grant from Queen Victoria, is a registered charity dedicated to improving the nursing care of people in their homes.