Ward manager Mary well settled in Britain
Published 15/10/2016 | 02:30
Mary Gray, a native of Mohill in Leitrim, has the kind of nursing expertise that Irish hospitals would love to poach.
However, Mary, who is a coronary care ward manager in Epsom Hospital in Sussex, is now well settled with her husband John and two teenage children in the UK.
She won't be tempted by any of the jobs on offer. In fact she is among a team at the fair in Dublin today to recruit some of our home-grown nurses to work at her hospital.
"We have a substantial number of Irish nurses already in the hospital," said Mary, who has lived in Britain for 25 years.
"This is a 13-bed unit and there is great teamwork between nurses and doctors. We try to make the patient's journey as nice as we can for them."
She said one of the benefits of her hospital was its willingness to pay for the nurses to take courses which could be quite expensive.
"We are encouraged to develop our nursing knowledge," she said.
Nurses also tend to be promoted faster to more senior roles.
Mary recognises that young nurses are anxious to travel, and she advises UK graduates who come through Epsom to do a year there for experience.
She still has strong links with home and may even retire here.