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Redeployed school nurse wins QNI award for her COVID-19 work

Queen’s Nursing Institute bestows honour on nurse who supported vulnerable families during the pandemic
Tracey Torrie, who works for the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, received the Dora Roylance Memorial Prize from the Queen’s Nursing Institute

Queens Nursing Institute bestows honour on nurse who supported vulnerable families during the pandemic

A school nurse who has won an award for helping vulnerable families during lockdown credits further academic training for her COVID-19 work.

Tracey Torrie, who works for the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, received the Queens Nursing Institute's (QNI) Dora Roylance Memorial Prize .

The award is for students training for the specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) health visitor programme.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck,

Queen’s Nursing Institute bestows honour on nurse who supported vulnerable families during the pandemic

School nurse Tracey Torrie won an award for helping vulnerable families during lockdown and credits further academic training for her COVID-19 work
School nurse Tracey Torrie

A school nurse who has won an award for helping vulnerable families during lockdown credits further academic training for her COVID-19 work.   

Tracey Torrie, who works for the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, received the Queen’s Nursing Institute's (QNI) Dora Roylance Memorial Prize.

The award is for students training for the specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) health visitor programme.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Ms Torrie’s SCPHN course at Anglia Ruskin University was put on hold and she was redeployed back to her role as a school nurse.  

Signposting families in need of emotional and financial support to specialist social services  

‘In some cases, my work involved reassuring parents that they were doing the best for their children as it was a stressful time for them,’ she said.

According to Ms Torrie: ‘The research and learning that I undertook on my course at Anglia Ruskin University helped me provide this support, encouragement and reassurance they needed.’

Ms Torrie, who qualified as a nurse in 1992 and started working as a school nurse ten years ago, was recognised for her work signposting families who needed emotional and financial support to specialist social services, as well as food banks.

School nurse is ‘perfect example’ of lifelong learning, reflective practice and compassion

Ms Torrie was nominated by one of her tutors, course leader for SCPHN Mandy Wagg.

Ms Wagg said: ‘Tracey is a perfect example of lifelong learning, reflective practice and self-compassion, and a perfect case example of bettering her practice to serve the communities with whom she works. 

‘She is also a perfect example of the value of school nursing.’

Ms Torrie has now resumed her studies.

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