The Weekend Post - - Careers -

REG­IS­TERED nurse Jess Davis re­alised she had found her ca­reer call­ing af­ter spend­ing two months vol­un­teer­ing on a hospi­tal ship off the Cen­tral African na­tion of Cameroon.

“When I was grow­ing up, I al­ways wanted to be a nurse but never knew why,” she says.

“Be­ing on the ship re­ally helped me re­alise I was in the right pro­fes­sion.”

The Aus­tralian Catholic Univer­sity grad­u­ate says the biggest chal­lenge dur­ing her time on Africa Mercy was the lan­guage bar­rier – but this also made the job re­ward­ing.

Davis says the best part of be­ing a nurse in gen­eral is get­ting to know the pa­tients and not see­ing them as an ill­ness. “In the health pro­fes­sion, es­pe­cially in a busy ward, peo­ple can lose sight of the fact it’s an ac­tual per­son, not just a dis­ease,” she says.

Af­ter much fundrais­ing, she headed off on Africa Mercy again last month.

CARE FAC­TOR: Nurse Jess Davis with young pa­tients on a hospi­tal ship off Cameroon.

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