Princess presents inaugural Dame Agnes Nursing Medal

Release Date: 21/07/2017

Princess presents inaugural Dame Agnes Nursing Medal

A “popular” nurse who “epitomises the core values of her profession” has received the inaugural Dame Agnes Hunt Nursing Medal – presented by HRH Princess Alexandra.

Sister Glenna Hardy, a Nurse Practitioner in the Pre-operative Assessment Unit at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, received the honour during an official Royal visit today.

Princess Alexandra was at the Oswestry-based hospital to officially open a £15.1 million theatre and oncology building, as well as to present the Nursing Medal and unveil a sculpture in memory of Percy, a peacock who lived on the site for more than 20 years.

Bev Tabernacle, Director of Nursing at RJAH, said: “Glenna is well known in the hospital by all staff and is popular for her friendly nature with patients, visitors and staff.

“She is always willing to stop and chat. Glenna epitomises today’s nursing core values: Caring, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence.

“Dame Agnes once said that ‘The real qualities of a nurse are common sense, gentleness, kindliness and the power of giving hope and joy to those who are sick and suffering’.

“Glenna lives up to this high standard every day. We are proud to call her one of our own.”

Glenna, who lives in Pant, arrived at RJAH 28 years ago in 1989, taking up a post in the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries.

She stayed there for 23 years before moving to the Pre-Operative Assessment Unit, initially on a secondment, in 2012. She is now Specialist Nurse Practitioner for Arthroplasty.

Glenna, who is a fluent Welsh speaker as well, has also in recent years completed an MSc in Advanced Clinical Nursing Practice.

Glenna said: “This was totally unexpected, and to be presented with the medal by HRH Princess Alexandra was just wonderful.

“I’m so happy and very honoured and privileged to work in this organisation as part of such an incredible team of people. We all have the same goal of delivering outstanding patient care, and long may it continue.”

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