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NHS trust says farewell to retiring Queen’s Nurse after 46 year career

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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.”