Jarrow nurse given Royal approval for being top of the class

Nurse Lisa Milne has been awarded a prize from the Queen's Nursing Institute.
Nurse Lisa Milne has been awarded a prize from the Queen's Nursing Institute.

A nurse from South Tyneside has been given a Royal seal of approval.

Lisa Milne, of Jarrow, is celebrating after an award from the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

It was tough juggling an intensive course with looking after my eight-year-old daughter but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I want to do more qualifications in the future so I can offer my patients a truly holistic service.

Lisa Milne

She was given the prize for being the top-performing student in the district nursing programme at Northumbria University.

Mum-of-one Lisa, who has been a nurse for 17 years and works in Hebburn, said: “I’m overwhelmed at this honour.

“It was tough juggling an intensive course with looking after my eight-year-old daughter but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I want to do more qualifications in the future so I can offer my patients a truly holistic service.”

Lisa worked in A&E, the high dependency unit, medical admissions and surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead before becoming a prison nurse.

She then joined South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s substance misuse team and is now part of the Hebburn integrated community team, which is made up of district nurses and community matrons from the Trust, and South Tyneside Council social workers and occupational therapists.

The team was established to make it easier for people to access the care and support they need.

A social navigator works with the team to help people access wider support available in the community.

Lisa added: “I am loving using my nursing skills to work so closely with patients and their families.

It is fantastic to be part of the integrated team and, by working together, we ensure that the patient see the right person for their needs in their home at the right time.”

Lisa was awarded £50 and a certificate from the QNI.