Former Miss Universe Ireland Grainne Gallanagh has returned to nursing today after signing up to help Ireland’s fight against Covid-19.
The LYIT nursing graduate and model admitted she was “nervous” to return to a hospital setting after eight months off, but excited to help.
Grainne (aged 25) had taken a break from her job in women’s healthcare in London to focus on modelling and to compete in RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
But the Covid-19 pandemic motivated her to answer the government’s call to arms and re-register with the HSE in March.
Grainne has been spending time with family at home in Buncrana as she waited for her registration to come through.
Speaking on Instagram yesterday, she said: “It’s my first day back as a nurse in eight months and I am getting nervous. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t.
“I’m nervous because I haven’t worked in Ireland since I qualified, and I think anyone would be nervous going back to work with everything that’s going on right now.”
Grainne also shared a positive outlook on her first day back in a hospital, saying: “I’m sure it will be fine, there are loads of people right now, essential workers that are doing a brilliant job and I’m excited that I’m able to do something and I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Once I get that over with, I’ll be grand.”