The RN’s night nurse has been hailed as the future of care
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A night nurse in Northern Ireland has been named as the new face of the Northern Ireland nursing profession after the coronavirus pandemic hit the island.
Dr Fiona Kelly, who will become an honorary night nurse on Friday, will be taking up the position as the National Night Nurse of the Year.
Dr Kelly will become the second woman to hold the position and joins the likes of former RNs Dr David Balfour and Marie Kelly.
In a statement, the NNS said: “The RNs role is critical to the health and well-being of all patients in Northern and parts of the Republic.
Dr Kelly has been at the NPS for almost 20 years and has worked at two hospitals in Northern England.”
The NNS will work with the RNs in the future to ensure the RN is given the resources, support and resources necessary to help patients and their families.”
Dr Kelly has been at the NPS for almost 20 years and has worked at two hospitals in Northern England.
Dr Balfours retirement was announced earlier this year, just before the pandemic took hold, as he and the NN was hit with record numbers of cases.
He left the role in September after serving more than 20 years with the NNP.
Dr Walsh, who also served as the NNN for five years, announced her retirement earlier this month, having served more than five decades in the role.
Dr Darragh Kelly, the interim NNN, has been appointed interim chief executive and is to replace Dr Walsh.
The announcement comes just days after the NNA said the organisation would be in “disarray” as a result of the coronivirus pandemics.
It comes just a week after it was announced that the NNE had lost its “world class” reputation for clinical and clinical excellence, with the organisation now having fewer than 100 qualified night nurses in the UK.
A night nurse in Northern Ireland has been named as the new face of the Northern Ireland nursing profession after…