Career in nursing a change of tack for twin sister graduates

Last updated 05:00 23/01/2014
Twins Lisa, left, and Cherie Chalmers

DOUBLE LIVES: Twins Lisa, left, and Cherie Chalmers have now both secured nursing jobs at Eldon Lodge rest home in Paraparaumu. With them is resident Leslie Pilcher.

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Elderly residents at Eldon Lodge could be forgiven for thinking they are seeing double.

Identical twins Lisa and Cherie Chalmers are two of 46 graduate nurses who landed jobs through Capital & Coast District Health Board, for placement in the Wellington region.

The pair were thrilled to find they had both been offered jobs at Eldon Lodge rest home - but are used to moving through life together. After leaving school at age 16, they became pregnant within six weeks of each other.

They have been raising Cherie's two sons, aged 18 and 21, and Lisa's two sons, aged 17 and 21 - both as single mums.

Four years ago, the twins were working side-by-side at a Kapiti cheese factory when they realised they needed to make a change.

"We were turning these blocks of cheese, and we just thought, ‘This is hella' bad, there's got to be something better to do'."

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