A SENIOR lecturer in nursing at the University of Chester has been given one of the highest possible honours in health care after being accorded the title of Queen’s Nurse.
Irene Cooke, from Wirral, has been awarded the coveted accolade after a career spanning more than 30 years in nursing.
Now a senior lecturer at the university in the Community and Child Health Team, she is helping to develop the next generation of qualified nurses.
Irene received her award from Dr David Colin- Thome, national clinical director for primary care, during a ceremony in London.
She said: “It was a great honour for me to receive this award, and it was a special, really well organised event.”
The Queen’s Nurse title is awarded to about 20 nurses each year, making it one of the most prominent awards in the nursing profession.
Irene said: “The students have been fantastic. They have been coming to congratulate me and were showing their support beforehand too. It means a lot to me.”