For Bachelor of Nursing graduate Sophie Longworth, working under pressure and helping others is in her DNA.
In a family full of paramedics, nurses and hospital workers, a career in health services might seem like a natural progression for her. But she is not your average nurse, outside of the hospital Sophie is also a trained firefighter and surf lifesaver.
“I knew working full-time as a registered nurse would already be busy but that’s the kind of the environment I thrive in, so I applied while I was at uni and managed to get in,” Sophie said.
“I’ve always had the drive to do what I can for my community, plus who wouldn’t want to get on the big red truck?”
Working as a retained firefighter at her local station fits in well with Sophie’s work as a registered nurse, as she responds to calls for fire and rescue when she isn’t rostered on shift at the hospital.
“I initially thought it would just be a fun thing to do on the side when I’m not at the hospital, but it’s become an important part of my life. The people I’ve met and experiences I’ve had from being a part of Fire and Rescue NSW have been the highlight of my year,” she said.
“It perfectly complements the achievement of successfully gaining a graduate position at my first preference hospital and ward within the hospital.”
She credits practical classes at Southern Cross University with preparing her to hit the ground running working in a busy hospital.
“My studies gave me the ability to understand what I need to do for my patients and then get my foot in the door to become the best nurse I could possibly be.”
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