11 November 2015
Having the opportunity to work alongside a team of health professionals I have much admiration for is an experience I will never forget. Recently I got to take on a placement experience with The Royal Flying Doctors Service where I got to observe and handle real life emergency situations. Studying a Bachelor of Nursing Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast has opened my eyes to a world of nursing that I have never experienced before.
The Royal Flying Doctors Service has an incredible team of knowledgeable staff more than happy to assist students along their journey within diverse clinical specialty areas and it was such a bonus having them supporting me during my placement. Without the services of The Royal Flying Doctors Service, rural communities with limited access to health care would not be able to receive the necessary medical services they need. This placement has been massively beneficial to my nursing practice. I was lucky enough to be able to work alongside some of the best medical staff in Australia, observing and handling emergency situations, while being exposed to the lifestyle and culture of those who live and work in the Australian bush.
When I was first exposed to the unique environment these individuals are required to work in (Beechcraft Super King Aircraft) and if necessary perform lifesaving medical interventions in, I was taken off guard. Working in the confined and sometimes stressful environments of the aircraft cabins, my respect for each and every person who made up this wonderful team grew even more. This experience has expanded my passion to pursue emergency and remote nursing. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and it has opened my eyes to areas of nursing that I want to explore within remote and rural areas. This amazing experience of working alongside the professional Royal Flying Doctors Service has given me the wings to expand my qualifications through further study.