Mother and daughter nurse duo work side-by-side immunizing Nova Scotians against COVID-19

Mother and daughter, Debbie Hildebrand and Erin Murray at the Dartmouth Community Vaccine Clinic.

“I never thought we’d be going to work together,” said Erin Murray, who works alongside her mother, Debbie Hildebrand, as registered nurses (RN) administering vaccines at the Dartmouth Community Vaccine Clinic. 

This mother and daughter duo had the same drive and passion to step up to the challenge of COVID-19 and use their nursing skills in the pandemic response. 

As a result, Hildebrand came out of retirement and Murray, who has worked as an RN with 811 for the past three years, took on an additional RN role at the vaccine clinic. 

With a 40 year-long nursing career, Hildebrand retired from Nova Scotia Health in 2018, but her daughter said she has loved being back on the frontlines.

“This has been the most rewarding part of her career,” said Murray, who spoke highly of the opportunity and honour it has been for her and her mother to help Nova Scotians get vaccinated.

Taking on the role of a COVID-19 immunizer with Nova Scotia Health has given Murray the unique experience of seeing Nova Scotians come full circle in their COVID-19 journeys. 

She is the nurse on the 811 line providing initial health advice to those who may be worried about symptoms of COVID-19, and the nurse on the frontline vaccinating people against the virus.

It has been a pleasure for Hildebrand and Murray to see how excited, appreciative and relieved Nova Scotians have been to get their COVID-19 vaccine. 

“People’s reactions (to receiving the vaccine) are by far the most rewarding part of the job,” said Murray. 

Hildebrand and Murray look forward to vaccinating more Nova Scotians, together.