Monday 24 September 2018

'We can't just rely on this idea that the Mammies might ask nurses to stay'

New INMO boss Phil Ni Sheaghdha says her members won't take mistreatment any more, writes Niamh Horan

Hospital crisis: Nurses are the frontline troops of the health service
Hospital crisis: Nurses are the frontline troops of the health service
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

'There was one particularly traumatic incident, when a person was out on a boat. They had an accident with a propeller and their limbs were severed."

Phil Ni Sheaghdha, the newly-appointed head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), is recalling one of the many harrowing incidents she tended to while working as a nurse in intensive care.

Her words jar with the warm glow of the fairy lights, still twinkling around her, as she settles into a chair in the canteen and her first week in her new role.

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