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Bucks nurse given prestigious title for her commitment to community care

Jan Knight has been a nurse for 34 years and has now become a Queen's Nurse.

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:00am 28th June 2020. 2-minute read.

Bucks nurse given prestigious title for her commitment to community care

A Buckinghamshire nurse, serving for 34 years, has been given a prestigious title.

Jan Knight is now a Queen's Nurse - an award given to her for her commitment to community care.

She told us:

"It's a validation really that I have worked really hard over the last 34 years as a nurse and that I have worked really to empower other nurses and patients."

With a broad experience in acute care settings and nursing home management, Jan has been in her current post for just over two years.

As a nutrition nurse specialist in the community she works within the District Nursing teams across Buckinghamshire.

This unique role aims to ensure that all the community nurses' patients are screened for malnutrition and are managed accordingly. 

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She added:

"It's really about trying to avoid people becoming really malnourished and going into hospital.

"It's quite an exciting role and it is really nice to work with patients, getting to know them and what is going to work with them."

Jan works closely with the community dietetics team, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the acute nutrition nurse lead to ensure patients have appropriate information to help prevent malnutrition.

She has presented at conferences and published an article on her role in relation to improving services for patients.

Trust Chief Nurse Karen Bonner said:

"I'm so pleased Jan has been recognised for her hard work and dedication.

"She has truly transformed nutritional care for community patients and we are so proud of her achievements."

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