43 years nursing experience
When it comes to ED travel nursing, RN Di is your go-to with a whole generation’s worth of experience under her belt, no shortage of stories to tell, and plenty of pictures to share!
1. You have worked many QLD placements, and your first contract was in Atherton 2011, and now you have returned! How much has changed since you were last there?
Atherton has changed immensely. There is a new hospital, a new, well organised ED with a place for everything and everything in its place. The accommodation is very nice. Last time the accommodation was out of the dark ages!
2. What are some of your favourite things to get up to in Far North QLD?
Far North QLD just has the most perfect weather. I don’t need to travel too far, and I can find camping with few to no people. There is an abundance of local produce, and the lifestyle is very relaxed. I like to swim and camp.
3. What kind of benefits have you seen with living and working in a rural location?
There are many benefits of working in rural area. We get some serious presentations and I get to use many more of my skills than I do in a tertiary setting.
Teamwork is essential – we have no-one to rely on except ourselves in the first instance. Meeting other travel nurses, I have made friendships that have lasted the time and the distance. Meeting the locals also means I find out secret spots that regular tourists don’t.
4. What has been the most interesting clinical presentations for you?
Without any specifics, I am always intrigued by the body’s resilience in the face of obstacles. Two events come to mind – both were time critical in the response required. Both men managed to travel for over an hour each to reach help, and both were sustained in their efforts by the body’s ability to engage fight or flight mode.
Both reached our facility and were treated and discharged. Neither event involved bleeding or respiratory distress.
5. You’ve recently started your 20th contract with us – what has been the highlight working with Affinity so far?
Affinity has been a great company. When I fly, everything is in order, they are flexible to alternatives, supportive and easily contactable.
By far, my agents have been the best, always check in, help with queries and are great for a chat. Amy, Chelsea, Thomas and now Cat. Many thanks to these folk. The best place ever was Thursday Island!
6. You’ve taken many beautiful photos! Do you have a favourite shot? What’s the story behind it?
My favourite photos are from Thursday Island – everywhere I looked was a picture. Others from SA, WA, Murray River country and western NSW, all magical in their own way.
7. What advice would you give aspiring nurses looking to start their travel nursing career?
My advice – go with the flow, appreciate that things are done differently everywhere. Work hard, be interested and the locals will be welcoming. And take a sharp knife; accommodation never have decent sharp knives!
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