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So many people helped me achieve my OBE

Chief Executive of The Florence Nightingale Foundation, Elizabeth Robb, reflects on how it feels to receive royal recognition

I opened a Private and Confidential (on Her Majesty’s Service) letter on a Saturday in May with trembling hands. In typical nurse fashion I somehow assumed I had committed some enormous transgression. It never occurred to me that this would be the most tremendous honour of an OBE bestowed for services to the profession I have been privileged to be a part of for my entire career.

I burst into tears – alone in the house – overwhelmed with pride, humbled to have been chosen and sad that I could not share this with my mother who died some years ago and would have been so proud and relieved that it was not a monumental transgression!

The morning was spent in quiet reflection of what this really meant as I was banned from telling anyone for the next six weeks until the list was published in


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