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Candice Pellett was awarded an OBE in 2014 Candice Pellett was awarded an OBE in 2014

Question: How did you come to be the district nurse project manager at the QNI?
Answer: My ncareer started off in Barclays bank back in the 70s. I left to have my first child, and then I was a stay-at-home mum for the next eight years. I had always been interested in nursing. So when my second child was a little older, I started working as a bank auxiliary on the elderly wards and at the maternity hospital, and I absolutely loved it, while still working part time at the bank.

I was getting calls every day, and wanted to be at home with the children, so I decided I'd give up Barclays bank. I started that in 1987 and in 1992 I applied to do nurse training. I was in the second cohort locally under Project 2000, the new nursing scheme at the time. It was as a second year pre-reg student that I had my placement with a community district nursing team, and I loved district nursing. I qualified in 1995 as a registered adult nurse and I was fortunate to get a placement on an oncology and chemotherapy ward in the hospital where I trained.

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