“All Nurses Have Stories Like This”


Up to 37,000 members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation are to go on strike on January 30, as well as February 5, 7, 12, 13 and 14.

The Psychiatric Nurses Association has also said its 6,000 members are also to take industrial action by refusing to work overtime on January 31 and February 1, 5, 6 and 7 February; before striking in full on February 12, 13, and 14.

They intend to strike over pay and staff shortages.

Ahead of this…

Nurse Maylena McEvoy (above) has tweeted about some of her experiences as a nurse…

Previously: Stricken


50 thoughts on ““All Nurses Have Stories Like This”

    1. Macconnait

      Indeed, what’s your issue with this? My Ma was a nurse and has no end of stories like this. Hell one of her patients probably would of killed her had it not been for the intervention of a male nurse

    2. topsy

      Andrew. I’d be happy to see you on your back when your “time” comes and you need a fuppin break, but the only one there with you is a fuppin nurse.

      1. Andrew

        Patting yourself on he back for basic human kindness? Yes, give me a fupping break. Do you think I or anybody else is not capable of this? Or is it only those who chose nursing as a career? The emoting is nauseating.

        1. millie st murderlark

          Oh look another… what was is you called it?? Oh yes.

          Another hypocritical lady’s ‘woo-woo’.

          1. millie st murderlark

            I’m sorry that you struggle with your reading comprehension.

            I’m pretty sure the point is clear enough. You’re a hypocrite.

            Can’t have it both ways. I’d like to say I’m sure you understand but honestly that’s in doubt. Comprehension doesn’t appear to be your strong suit.

          2. Andrew

            Oh millie. It seems that despite the high regard you no doubt have yourself you’re actually a nasty piece of work. Quick with the insults with little in the way of coherent argument. I suggest therapy.

          3. millie st murderlark

            Oh Andrew. I don’t see you making any cogent arguments at all. Sneering and a poor ability to form any kind of sentence, sure. But not much else.

            Pretty sure I’ve had this conversation with you before actually. So let’s not rehash the same tired points. It’s very dull.

            And my opinion of myself will never be in doubt darling. I’m flipping fabulous.

    1. TheQ47

      Can people please stop saying this.

      When you do, it makes it easier to not pay nurses correctly, the implication being that it’s a vocation, they do it for the love of the job, therefore they don’t even need to be paid properly. Sure, the joys of the job are sufficient payment.

      1. Cian

        First off, I think nurses do a fantastic job.

        However, can you provide evidence that nurses are not paid correctly? Someone posted earlier a comparison between here and the UK. The pay here is a lot higher.

        Is an extra 12% enough? How do you decide when a nurse is paid correctly?

        1. Daisy Chainsaw

          “How do you decide when a nurse is paid correctly?”

          When they’re not looking to strike every year due to their inadequate pay.

          1. Jam

            How do they decide that it’s inadequate though? If it’s a lot higher than average when compared to other countries. All those stories are situations that would be tough to deal with. But it’s part of the job. They would know that going in. The Garda did this not too long ago, lots of emotive stories, and now we have one of the best paid police forces in the world. The money has to be taken from somebody

      2. Hector Ramirez

        If I remember correctly another ‘job’ that was known as a vocation was being a TD/Senator/Councillor, but you better believe they get proper (if not excessive) remuneration…

  1. Eoin

    Good luck to the nurses.

    If the government standardises tax relief on pension contributions at 20%, it will yield €319 million in additional income tax receipts which will more than cover the pay increase sought by the nurses, they deserve the increase.

    1. Cian

      This is a separate issue. The government could do this and save €319 million. They could spend the €319 million to build 1000 homes each year to house the homeless.

      Which is better for Ireland? Housing an extra 1,000 families or paying 40,000 nurses 12% more?

      1. Eoin

        I seem to recall the government claiming money wasn’t an obstacle to dealing with the homeless crisis. However, the govt is claiming money is an obstacle to giving the nurses their deserved and long overdue raise.

        1. curmudgeon

          That’s because this a recurring bill of at least 300 million per year every year.

          Nurses in this country are on an average of 57,500 euro. That’s a staggering figure and the private sector PAYE worker is as usual fed a load of lies by the unions and by Broadsheet. Graduate pay is 37,000 including top ups.

          It’s exactly the same load of crap the Gards and their union gave us and Broadsheet published that too.

  2. Rob_G

    Sure I was under the impression that it was an easy job until now – let’s give them an extra 50% instead.

    1. Ron

      What does that statement mean in your head? I’m sure it sounded rational and reasonable in your head. Help us understand you, what do you mean?

  3. Janet, I ate my avatar

    I recently heard a feral woman tell a pregnant nurse that she would punch the head of her and when called out on it proceed to get her whole mob in on a visit while she played the victim.

    1. Rob_G

      I don’t think anyone is denying that being a nurse is a difficult job, but:
      Gardaí, TDs, prison officers, bankers, Dept. Social Welfare staff, teachers, judges, doctors, paramedics, solicitors, barmen, bouncers, taxi drivers, security guards, shop assistants.. etc.

      – are occasionally threatened during the course of their work. If we decided to give them all a 12% pay increase, the country would have Zimbabwe-levels of inflation in no time.

  4. Lilly

    I remember seeing a frail old man being discharged from hospital after major surgery, and learning that he would be going home to an empty house. It was so sad. We should be kind to one another. I’m not a nurse. I work for people who would eat their young but the pay is fine.

  5. SOQ

    Why oh why can’t the current leadership of the Labour party put their money where their mouths are by resigning?

  6. Eoin

    Good for them. Shame striking is the only option on the table. Nurses should be towards the top of the financial food chain instead of near the bottom where they currently reside. Ireland needs to stop patting itself on it’s back and take a good long look at how the poor and sick get treated here. We’re a rotten society. And FF/FG/Lab etc….**** you too!

  7. JD

    1. Think the effect of a pay rise will disappear quickly if those conditions persist.
    2. It would be great to know the total nurses pay bill per annum including overtime so the proper average pay could be worked out.

    1. curmudgeon

      Do you just not bother to find these things out? I’ve written it in a comment above. Hint: It’s 57K.

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