A Galway nurse is today being presented with the 2019 Florence Nightingale Medal, in recognition of her work in Iraq.

Vivien Lusted, a native of Loughrea who trained at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, is one of only 5 Irish nurses to have received the honour since the medal was first instituted back in 1912.

Vivien's first posting abroad with the Irish Red Cross was in 1995, and since then she has served 13 international missions in some of the world's toughest armed conflicts, including Somalia, Sudan, Israel and Liberia.

It was her mission in Iraq where she worked for over 18 months that led her to being nominated by the Irish Red Cross for the international award, which is being presented by President Michael D Higgins in Dublin's Mansion House today.

 

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