THE DEDICATION of a nurse known as the ‘ultimate role model’ has been recognised with a Queen’s Nurse Award.
Leamington district nurse Johanna Riley was nominated for an award by a colleague to recognise the nurse’s dedication, commitment and quality of care.
Before being handed the award, the Queen’s Nursing Institute spoke to some of those she has cared for, with one patient saying she is a ‘special person’ and he felt ‘safe in her care as she is highly knowledgeable and experienced’.
Johanna said: “I was extremely shocked and honoured to have been nominated. I feel very proud to have received such a prestigious award and the title of Queen’s Nurse.
“To have been recognised for my hard work and dedication fills me with pride. It motivates me to further progress in my career and provide a high standard of care to patients.”
But she did not start her working life planning to become a nurse – she was employed as a cleaner before becoming an auxiliary nurse and then qualified as a district nurse.
South Warwickshire Foundation Trust director of nursing Helen Lancaster said: “We’re very proud of Johanna for being presented with a Queen’s Nurse Award. It acts as recognition for the dedication she shows to our profession, caring for patients and helping to develop our younger nurses so they can also deliver outstanding care in the community.”