Sister Kate: Nursing Through the Troubles

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When Kate O'Hanlon started work at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, it was an Emergency room like any other. So when the telephone rang on 26 June 1966 with the news that there had been a shooting in Malvern Street, no one in the department believed it. Soon such incidents became daily occurrences and the Royal went on to treat more victims of the Troubles than any other hospital. Kate spent sixteen years as nurse in charge of the ER, working through many of the darkest days of the Troubles. Told with her trademark blend of warmth, compassion, and humor, this is a fascinating and extraordinary story of nursing on the front line.

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Kate O'Hanlon (MBE) was born in the Markets area of Belfast. She worked as sister in charge of the Casualty department of the Royal Victoria Hospital for sixteen years. Described on her retirement as 'the United Kingdom's best known casualty nurse' (Belfast Telegraph), Kate was chairman of the Royal College of Nursing's A & E Forum for nine years and secretary for three. She has travelled the world, attending conferences to talk about her experiences, and formed part of a United Nations delegation that visited Gaza and the West Bank to assess the emergency facilities available to the Palestinian victims of the intifada. She was a Dame of the Order of Malta, and in 2007 was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Royal College of Nursing.

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Running Casualty is really very simple: you have to love everybody, you have to listen to everybody; and when in doubt you do just what Sister O'Hanlon tells you. -- Dr William Rutherford, A&E Consultant Full of gripping eyewitness accounts ... [Sister Kate] offers a fascinating insight into the horrors of the darkest days of the Troubles. * Irish News * Reading [this] well-written book about the often harrowing experiences managing the Royal Victoria A&E department during the 1970s and 1980s, the word indomitable springs to mind.' * Belfast Telegraph * This is a moving and extremely readable biography. * News Letter *

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