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Nurse Required
Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 4:27 AM
Joined: 22/10/2010
Posts: 12

HI Dr Ken, I am planning a 1 yr voyage with a few port stops as necessary. I have a 120 ft specialized yacht. No smoking is permitted, very minimal drinking will be allowed yet of course we will do our share of fishing, jet skis, and scuba. Should I spend the expense/quarters needed to have a nurse on board? I much prefer not to have to have this older unattached woman on board yet as we all know accidents do happen and if someone needs to be stitched from a cut and we are far from port which is likely , it reroutes the whole trip. What is your suggestion and what kind of experience to I need from a nurse and what kind of salary would she command? Thank you.
Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 10:42 AM
Joined: 01/06/2008
Posts: 1061

I routinely stitch wounds, give injections, relocate the odd dislocation, clean up coral wounds on pummeled surfers... There are various training courses crew can go through and medical kits that include phone/radio services to doctors. The reality is, that you should not be seeing any major traumas. If you are, you have bigger problems with your program.

Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 2:06 AM
Joined: 08/02/2019
Posts: 4

This is an update to an old post.

You could find a nurse with other skills.  I am a Registered Nurse with IT, electronics (licensed GROL + RADAR, GMDSS Maintainer/Operator + RADAR, Extra class Amateur Radio license), electrical power (You may not have a 165 MW nuclear reactor power plant in the engine room, but my training in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program will benefit any employer).

Also can pilot fixed wing aircraft, rappel off buildings and cliffs, certified SCUBA diver, licensed to drive 18-wheeler class 8 trucks (the largest on the roads in the U.S.), trained in navigation using paper and electronic charts, can use electronic and mechanical test equipment such as oscilloscopes, calipers, micrometers, can use torque wrenches and electrical equipment...  Can adjust valve lash and repair a macerator.

And I can stand a watch and man the helm and steer a course.  Can handle dock lines and halyards and sheets and set an anchor, under power or sail.

Hopefully the need for a nurse is minimal, so rather than having a crew member that is on a paid vacation, hire a nurse with other useful skills aboard.

Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 9:23 PM
Joined: 09/01/2012
Posts: 9

Great to an important post brought back to life. After an injury whilst working on a yacht 7 years ago I was inspired to take a career change. I am based in the UK and run a company which I set up. I am a registered paramedic and together with a Emergency Department Consultant Doctor we provide crewed ambulances for 999 calls for the NHS, we also provide Paramedics for the TV and film sector including internationally. We put together medical teams for festivals and events. We also carry out repatriations and remote medical advice. I am looking to extend our offerings to the yachting industry having come from the industry. Great to see a registered nurse offering up but if anyone is in need of training by paramedics who know yachting or would like a nurse, doctor or paramedic for a particular trip then do get in on +44(0)203 627 9042


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