VIDEO: Cork nurse dons uniform for first time in 28 years to join frontline fight against virus

VIDEO: Cork nurse dons uniform for first time in 28 years to join frontline fight against virus
Katie Murphy

A Cork nurse has returned to work on the wards of a city hospital, 28 years after she last donned her uniform to help respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Katie Murphy had been working as a diabetes nurse facilitator, but this week returned to the ward environment and started a new position in St Finbarr’s Hospital.

In a new video released by Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, Ms Murphy explains how she was asked if she would be happy to come and work on the ward, and felt she could contribute to the response.

“The staff have been very nice and supportive but obviously I need a lot of training in to get back and upskilled to be working at Registered General Nurse level.

“I was sitting just doing my paperwork, I felt there was something more, better I could be doing in the current environment,” she said.

The HSE is currently appealing to nurses to come back into the service.

In the video, Maura Twohig, Director of Nursing, at St Finbarr’s Hospital said nurses were facing “the fight of their life”.

She said that while it’s a frightening time to be a nurse and a health care worker that: “Our communities always need us, but right now they need us like never before. 

"This is the fight of our lives. This is what we trained for. I’m proud of the staff who are standing with me,” she said.

The Director of Nursing pointed out how staff had come back from retirement, and from other areas and said they were welcoming nurses back with open arms.

“We’ve never needed staff so much to come back into the service because we need front-line staff. 

"We’ll welcome you with open arms, we’ll help you train in. You’re needed now more than ever,” she said.

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare is asking healthcare workers who can join them to contact derek.ogorman or 021-4928750.

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