A Tullamore Clinical Nurse Manager, who was elected as 1st Vice President of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, has vowed to speak up for the nursing and midwifery profession.
Geraldine Talty, who works at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore was elected at the Annual Delegate Conference of the INMO in Killarney.
Geraldine has served on the INMO’s Executive Council for the last two years and will now serve as first Vice President for the 2012 to 2014 period.
Ms Talty qualified as a Registered nurse in 1987, has a 1st Class Honours degree in Health Care Management and is currently undertaking an MSc in Leadership and Management Development in the RCSI.
She has been a member of the Organisation for many years and has a tremendous record of local representation and action on behalf of INMO members in the Midlands.
She is also Secretary of the Offaly Branch of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. This is a very busy role and involves a great deal of communication, negotiation and dedication. She is also an elected INMO Hospital Representative in the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore.
Ms Talty was co-opted onto the union/management negotiation team in the hospital in 2007 and was involved in the staffing levels which were agreed in the manpower plan as part of the relocation to the new hospital in Tullamore.
Speaking following her election she said “I am very concerned about the effect that the moratorium is having on the safety and welfare of nurses and midwives and the ill effects it is having on patient care. I will continue to speak up for the nursing/midwifery professions and advocate for patients. There must be consequences when thousands of nurses and midwives are removed from the health service and are not replaced. Unfortunately it is the patient that is paying the price.”