Former Queen’s Nurse Julie Bevan will be retiring from her post as a respiratory complex case manager with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).
Julie’s 46-year nursing career has seen her help set up a military health clinic in The Yemen, meet Mother Teresa and mentor students in Lincolnshire.
Julie’s colleagues bid her good luck and farewell this week with a special celebration at County Hospital, Louth.
After joining the Army as a nurse at 17, Julie’s career took her all over the world, including to be a midwife’s assistant in Germany.
In 1989, her military connections gave her the opportunity to set up a clinic for the American Embassy in Sana’a for the marines and met Mother Teresa.
She began working in intermediate care for the NHS in 2004.
Julie had already developed a keen interest in education, having been one of the first students to undertake a gerontology nursing degree module and successfully apply for a Florence Nightingale scholarship.
In 2010, she became a Queen’s Nurse (a community nurse committed to high standards of practice).
Julie said: “I have had an amazing time here at LCHS.
“It’s going to be a huge change to retire, but it is time to take a breath and give myself time to go and do something nice.
“Everything I have done has been inspired by a patient or experience I have had.
“When I have students I always ask them who their role models are and what they aspire to do. It’s important to remember every day why we aspired to be a nurse, it’s about the patients, no matter who they are.”