AHEAD of today’s nationwide nurses and midwives strike, The Clare People spoke to Irish-trained nurses now working abroad.

Ennis woman, Jennifer Hally, who has been living in Australia for the past six years works as an intensive care nurse in St Vincent’s Public Hospital in Sydney.

Having studied in NUI Galway the 30-year-old nurse worked in London for nearly two years before moving home to Ennis spending six months doing agency work at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) and Raheen Community Hospital in Scariff, prior to moving to Australia. 

“The nursing profession here in Australia provides a great quality of life and good job satisfaction,” Jennifer explained.

“I find we are very well respected and highly regarded by other health care professionals and the public,” added Ms Hally. 

In the buildup to the nurses and midwives first of six planned 24-hour strike, Jennifer said that “nursing salary and working conditions were definitely a factor” in her decision to emigrate.

Ennis woman, Jennifer Hally, works as an intensive care nurse at St Vincent’s Public Hospital in Sydney.

With this in mind, the Ennis native said that the Irish health system is suffering because highly skilled nurses, like herself, don’t have a reason to come home. 

Ireland’s nurses and midwives will first go on strike for 24 hours on Wednesday, January 30 and should the dispute go unresolved, there will be further strikes on Tuesday, February 5 and Thursday, February 7, and the February 12, 13 and 14. 

For full interview see this week’s edition of The Clare People newspaper.

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