Hey, all. I'm wondering how nurses in remote areas of the US cope with the isolation and work load. I live in a very remote part of Western Australia, in a tiny village called Sandfire. We are 300 kilometres from the nearest town/hospital. I operate the ambulance and clinic here on my own. On call 24/7/365. I do have the support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service which is a wonderful outfit.
I would love to hear from other remote nurses. Michael
From my perspective, it seems like you have an interesting job, but I'm sure it's a different story from your end. I have never worked in a remote location in the true sense, but I have had jobs where I was the only medical personnel on staff which was quite lonely. I had no one to share my ideas or frustrations, and I spent a lot of time reaching out to other nursing colleagues via the internet. I certainly learned a lot about resiliency and that I am a resourceful person. I was never on call 24/7 though. That must be tough. So you are the only nurse there? No other medical personnel?
I agree. I think that'd be incredibly interesting thing to do (and a once in a lifetime experience) but I can only imagine how hard it is to not have a support system right there with you. I think joining forums like this one can help with that some, and thanks to technology, it makes it incredibly easy to collaborate with other nurses. Have you tried doing something like Join.me for free video conferencing? That could help so there's more human interaction and not just text.