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Paula and her son at the beach in Ireland.

Paula and her son at the beach in Ireland.

 

Happy St Paddy’s Day!

Meet Paula, our Irish nurse from Enniskillen, a little town in Northern Ireland.

She is currently living in Uganda, Africa with her family.

 

Favorite thing about nursing in the US:

“I loved Primary Nursing.  For the very first time, I was compensated well and realized that my skills and knowledge truly had a major impact on the outcome of a patient’s illness”.  

 

Favorite job:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, M7, a neuro-oncology unit, caring for patients with brain tumors and spinal cord tumors. “It was hard work but I left feeling very satisfied with the care I provided.  I felt very connected and proficient and was treated like a true professional”.  

Craziest job:

Airport nurse at N’Djiili airport Kinshasa, Congo. 

Paula was part of the emergency crash and rescue team. She was required to wear a flight suit in 100 degree weather, on an airfield before the first flight took off until last flight landed.  Sometimes her work day was 25 hours. 

“I was the only woman on the job, traveled in the UN bus with 9 Afrikan firefighters and para-medics. The smell of brandy and cigarettes at 4 am can make a person really sick and all of them loved to smoke and drink”!

 

How she keeps balance for herself and family:

Paula’s husband works for The United Nations.  “It’s tough being “a UN Family”, sometimes I wish we could be rooted in one place forever but we’ve had so many great experiences as a family”.  Maintaining a cohesive family unit is of prime importance for Paula. ”It is not always easy but one must take the rough with the smooth”.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far. Irish Proverb