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Working life on the ocean wave

As a ship’s nurse, Leo Hamburger deals with everything from minor injuries to life-threatening conditions.

What does the title ‘ship’s nurse’ conjure up? Someone handing out seasickness pills and dabbling in romantic liaisons?

The reality – perhaps sadly – is very different. Ship’s nursing is a challenging, multifaceted role, and more a way of life than a job.

Nursing on a cruise ship demands experience, common sense, versatility and skills in areas ranging from minor injuries to life-saving critical care. It also requires awareness of customer service. A ship’s nurse will typically work a four-month contract without a full day off.

Triage and treatment.

Pharmacy and dispensing.


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