“Maria is a Nurse Practitioner in our Out of Hours team, and she has over 40 years’ experience in nursing.
“Originally from Ireland, Maria came to Liverpool to begin her nursing career and gained a permanent position on nights. A couple of years ago, Maria was diagnosed with thyroid cancer; she did not take any time off and worked around her operation and recovery.
“Maria always supports the team and will sometimes cancel her own plans to cover shifts. The team love her sense of humour and nothing is too much trouble for her when looking after her patients.
“Last year, Maria’s husband Sam was diagnosed with leukaemia; he became very ill very quickly. Throughout all of Sam’s treatment, Maria was in the hospital by his side and cared for him around her shifts.
“She would go home to get some sleep then make her way back to the hospital to see Sam. Maria would bring her uniform with her and then, after visiting Sam, she would begin her night shift. She simply did not want to let her colleagues down.
“The good news is Sam is in remission, and Maria’s daughters recently organised a surprise birthday party for their parents who celebrated their 60th and 65th birthdays.
“Patients are Maria’s first priority and she gives 100% in everything she does. She is passionate about her job and a credit to the profession; committed and dedicated with a very big heart.
“We are so lucky to have her!”
Pam Stanford, Lead Nurse Practitioner at Royal Liverpool University Hospital