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Introducing Graduate Intern: Dan

Introducing Graduate Intern: Dan

It could be the 3am frozen cokes talking or the buzz of doing what he loves day or night; whatever it is, Dan’s fizzing to be part of the team at Wellington Free Ambulance.

Graduate Intern Dan

“You just can't beat the good feeling you have at the end of a productive day, when turning up to work has been a positive point of difference in someone's life, especially during times of medical hardship or uncertainty in a patient's day.

“Everything from helping the elderly off the floor to time critical jobs, we have responded, provided the patient with assessment, treatment and constructed a plan that is going to improve that patient's outcome. It's definitely a privilege to be in this role,” Dan explains.

Working for Wellington Free Ambulance has always been a goal for Dan, so naturally, once completing his Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine, he applied and started as a Graduate Intern in November.

Dan says the nature of the job makes going to work day or night exciting.

“You never really know what to expect until you're on scene. With the skill set of pre-hospital clinicians continually expanding, the range of jobs from medical to trauma vary a lot; it keeps it interesting and keeps you on your toes.”

Through his time at Wellington Free Ambulance, Dan’s found there to be a great network of people - one of those is his mentor Hayley.

Over the last few months, Hayley has helped Dan to identifying areas of improvement and constructively help him work towards achieving his goals.

“I still have lots to learn from her. It is a steep learning curve and a bit of self-pressure to perform at an optimum level. Although, with the support of the team at Wellington Free, it makes the learning a fun and productive environment.”

Thinking about one thing that’s stuck with him so far, Dan says it has to be having a good structured approach when assessing patients.

“This provides the framework for making sure nothing is missed and can lead to discovering key bits of information in regard to the patients' health. It builds a clear picture of what the main insult may be and/or contributing factors.”

The next goal for Dan is working towards his Emergency Medical Technician qualification later in the year.

“By pursuing these goals through study, practice and guidance from my mentors, I believe I will improve myself not only as a clinician but ensure the patients I see are getting the best possible outcome.”



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