Working life as a cruise ship nurse

Nursing on a cruise ship takes all the skills you can muster, says Leo Hamburger

 

Nursing on a cruise ship takes all the skills you can muster, says Leo Hamburger.

Abstract

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.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'Working life on the ocean wave' in Nursing Standard: 19 August 2015, volume 29, issue 51.

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