Nurse Ruth retires after 41 years

Nurse Ruth retires after 41 years

7 February 2024

AFTER a nursing career spanning over four decades, Moneyreagh’s Ruth Mulligan has retired.

Her career began in 1983 but she recently donned her nursing tunic for the last time as friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate her retirement.

Ruth began nursing at the Royal Victoria Hospital in 1983, before moving to Musgrave Park and then on to rheumatology in 1989 where she stayed until her retirement.

“I came to the Ulster Hospital eight years ago and this is the best team ever to work with,” she said.

“I will miss all my colleagues and I’m just looking forward to having a wee bit of time for myself and spending time with my 10 month old grandson Toby. I really have enjoyed my nursing career.”

Paying tribute to Ruth, rheumatology nurses Rosemary Henderson and Andrea Gilles paid tribute to Ruth whom they described as their ‘beloved’ colleague and said she will be very much missed on the ward.

Rosemary said Ruth has been with the South Eastern Trust since 2016 and has been a nurse for 41 years.

“She has been an amazing colleague and it is going to be really tough without her.  Ruth is such a great team player and so hardworking. This is very much her day.”