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Warzone work: Nurse lauded with Florence Nightingale medal

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Honoured: President Michael D Higgins and Irish Red Cross nurse Vivien Lusted. Photo: Conor Healy  / Picture It Photography

Honoured: President Michael D Higgins and Irish Red Cross nurse Vivien Lusted. Photo: Conor Healy / Picture It Photography

Honoured: President Michael D Higgins and Irish Red Cross nurse Vivien Lusted. Photo: Conor Healy / Picture It Photography

A Galway nurse who has served in overseas missions with the Red Cross in some of the world's toughest armed conflicts has been awarded the prestigious Florence Nightingale medal.

Vivien Lusted (51) is one of only five Irish nurses to have received the honour since the medal was introduced in 1912, and she received it from President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin yesterday.

Her nomination centred around her work as a nurse in Iraq, but she has also been in conflicts in other areas including Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Myanmar.

She was sent to Mosul in early 2017. "In the Red Cross we work as a team because we have very many components, it's not just health, it's economic security, water and habitat, so we have to come together and try and put things in place."

The Beaumont graduate from Loughrea said it was her dream from a young age to do nursing and travel overseas.

Irish Independent