Hospitals mark International Day of the Nurse with thanks for pandemic service

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Galway Daily news Hospitals mark International Day of the Nurse with thanks for pandemic service
Nurses in Claddagh Ward at UHG. L-R: Filsy Chirammel, Staff Nurse; Sandra McMahon, Staff Nurse; Danielle Ni Dhonnacha; Staff Nurse and Deirdre O’Halloran, CNM2

Today marks the International Day of the Nurse, and hospitals in the west of Ireland are thanking nurses for their service during the pandemic.

The Saolta Hospital Group, which includes UHG, Merlin Park, and Portiuncula Hospital, said that it wants to acknowledge the “tireless work and dedication” of nursing staff.

Chief Director of Nursing for Saolta, Paul Hooton, took the opportunity to thank nursing teams who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our nurses are our best asset and I am grateful to work with such wonderful teams right across our seven sites.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our nursing staff for all their dedication and commitment to their roles.”

Filsy Chirammel, Staff Nurse at UHG said that nursing is one of the “most wonderful and most satisfying” professions there is.

“We learn so much from our colleagues and our patients every day. Being able to provide care to all those in need and help people is amazing and very rewarding, it’s humanity.”

International Day of the Nurse is celebrated each year on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

Olive who has spent the majority of her career in cancer services, said she felt privileged to journey with patients during a very difficult time in their lives.

“supporting them, guiding them and providing the best evidence-based, compassionate nursing care I can, each and every time.”

“A career in nursing is not without its challenges but I can honestly say that I have never regretted my career choice and have taken every opportunity that has come my way,” she added.”