Date of release: 15 June 2020
A nurse at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has been recognised for her outstanding work by gaining a national award.
Sara Eacopo, Senior Sister of the Community Children’s Nursing Service at New Cross Hospital, has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse (QN), for demonstrating a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice. Her award is formal recognition of her commitment to improving care for patients. Sara becomes one of 40 QNs in the West Midlands and one of around 1,400 nationally, and will receive a certificate and a badge. But she is currently the only nurse in the Trust with the title. Sara will now be linked with a regional QN group, be able to attend the organisation’s annual meeting and be entitled to other learning and leadership opportunities.
Committed to learning, leadership and excellence in patient care, QNs promote excellent nursing care for everyone, where and when they need it, and provide nurses and their teams with specific skills and knowledge. Being a QN allows Sara to be connected with a supportive professional network and gives her access to the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s free developmental programme, bursaries and networking. The Queens Nursing Institute is the oldest professional nursing organisation in the UK and believed to be the oldest nursing charity in the world.
Sara will continue in her current role as a clinical leader and expert practitioner and she will be provided with a development programme by the Queen’s Nursing Institute and enjoy many further learning and development opportunities to further enhance the great work that she and her team deliver.
All nurses, health visitors and midwives with five years’ experience working in the community are eligible to apply to be a QN. A QN works hard to influence policy and campaigns at local, regional and national levels. Sara came to Wolverhampton in 1993 to undertake her nurse training. After qualifying, she worked on the Children’s Ward at New Cross until joining the Community Nursing team in 2004 as a band five. Realising that community is where her passion lies, she gained a BSc degree in Dimensions in Health Care at Birmingham City University and became Senior Sister of the team in June 2014.
Sara paid tribute both to her team and the Trust for allowing her to develop in her role. “We work as a team to offer the best to our patients and develop the nurses and advanced support workers,” she said. “I haven’t stopped accessing courses and learning wherever I can and I am lucky the Trust feeds that desire. This year I also became a Florence Nightingale Scholar which I am really proud of. Nursing always offers that opportunity to develop, whether that is personally, as a team or as a trust. Becoming a Queens Nurse will help me to continue that journey.”
Sara’s line manager, Julie Plant, Senior Matron for Children’s Services said: “I am thrilled Sara has been recognised for her deep commitment to the provision of excellent care and development of services for children being cared for at home and in the special schools in Wolverhampton, and strongly supported Sara’s application to become a Queen’s Nurse. Everyone in the Division is very proud of Sara's achievement - it is a great accolade for the Trust too.”