Juggling multiple tasks nursing in the Middle East

Emergency and resuscitation nurse consultant Nick Castle recently became assistant executive director and head of professions at Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service, Qatar. Here, he talks to Sophie Blakemore about the reason why he became a nurse, who has inspired him and how his career has led him to the Middle East

Emergency and resuscitation nurse consultant Nick Castle recently became assistant executive director and head of professions at Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service, Qatar. Here, he talks to Sophie Blakemore about the reason why he became a nurse, who has inspired him and how his career has led him to the Middle East.

Abstract

Why did you become an emergency nurse?

My background is in critical and intensive care nursing, but I was also part of the clinical management team at Wembley Stadium before 2000, so I stumbled into emergency nursing.

What might you have done otherwise?

I made a decision at 14 to go into nursing. While waiting to start training, I worked with my dad on building sites. Despite acquiring the nickname Florence, for obvious reasons, I have never looked back.

How and where have you developed your emergency care skills?

My area of interest was treating critically ill or injured patients, so I brought my intensive and critical care unit knowledge into the resuscitation room. I then started managing and caring for patients in majors and the pre-hospital arena. I was lucky to work in a progressive hospital at Frimley Park, and as a dual-registered nurse and paramedic. I also gained pre-hospital critical care experience in South Africa, where I maintain academic links.

How do you make use of your skills?

As head of professions for Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service, I have my ideal job. I can draw on 32 years of experience in an exciting role leading an excellent team of clinicians.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'Juggling multiple tasks' in  Emergency Nurse: volume 24, issue 2

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