The Health Reforms of the 1980s and 1990s saw the implementation of a new system of public hospital management in which the positions of Matrons-in-Chief and Superintendents-in-Chief were abolished. Now a single CEO managed each hospital.
Sheila Mahony occupied the position of Nurse Manager until she retired in 1995. There followed a period of two years where the nursing staff had no head, putting considerable pressure on the Nursing Supervisors.
With the arrival of Dr Leo Mercer as CEO in 1997 a significant change occurred. A Director of Nursing and Midwifery was established, reporting directly to the CEO.