Day in the life: Occupational health nurse
Published: 28 Nov 2014
I usually get up around 6.15am, have breakfast and get ready to catch the train to Dyce at 7.25am. As I live in Stonehaven, it is much easier than driving through the traffic. I arrive at Falck around 8am, and usually catch-up with e-mails and have a coffee before the first medical which is at 9am.
My mornings are varied and can consist of carrying out offshore medicals, pre-placement medicals, vaccinations for foreign travel, and carrying out drug and alcohol screening for delegates from companies who are working offshore or abroad.
At our base in Aberdeen, we can deliver more than 200 health and safety and survival courses, and with an occupational medical and health offering in-house, the centre is very busy day-to-day.
Lunchtime is a busy time for us in the healthcare department. Therefore, my lunch can be at various times as I work it round the training schedule. Any of the delegates who have booked offshore medicals along with their survival training tend to get seen at lunchtime to avoid them having to stay later after their course. I usually eat lunch in the work canteen with the instructors and admin girls and it is a good chance to socialise and catch up with everyone.
My afternoon schedule is usually carrying out further medicals or vaccinations, although I sometimes go out to companies to carry out health surveillance. We can also bring healthcare services to clients’ premises and I have recently been out administering flu vaccinations to employees at different companies across Aberdeen. As Falck is established and known worldwide with 32 training centres globally, I get to meet lots of different people from all around the world through my role, and although offshore is predominately a male-dominated environment, we are now seeing more females coming in to do the offshore training and have medicals carried out.
I usually finish at 5pm and get the train home. I am one of the press officers for Stonehaven RNLI, so my evenings can be taken up doing work for that. I love to socialise with my family and friends and enjoy taking my dog for a walk at the end of each day.
My job as an occupational health nurse is very varied from day to day but thoroughly enjoyable. Falck was first launched in the UK in 1994, and as we mark two decades in business, we continue to live and breathe safety, as does the industry, so demand for our training and healthcare services remains high, which keeps me very busy.