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Introducing Graduate Intern: Tasha

Introducing Graduate Intern: Tasha

One year as an Event Medic was all Tasha needed to pursue her dream of becoming a paramedic.

Emergency Medical Technician Tasha

Tasha has been with Wellington Free Ambulance since 2016 and is now enjoying her first year on the road helping her Wairarapa community.

“There is a very tight-knit community feel here and I love being part of it. I love the variety in this job. The excitement of not knowing what a day will entail or what new challenge I might face is what gets me up in the morning; after my morning coffee of course!” Tasha says. 

Working in the rural environment of Wairarapa as a Graduate Intern was something that really expanded Tasha’s clinical thinking, skills and the ability to connect with patients – so much so that she was recently signed of as an Emergency Medical Technician. 

Being involved in an urgent call for help from two patients in a remote and rural location was an experience Tasha will never forget. 

“Doug, my preceptor, and I arrived second on scene following the helicopter as the first response. Our patient had to be transported by road to Wellington Hospital with an isolated spinal cord injury. Due to the long drive time and the distress the patient was experiencing, reassurance and distraction was a key to their ongoing care,” Tasha explains. 

“To be able to get to know someone, build that rapport and ensure I have done everything I can to make someone comfortable and safe, in what can be their scariest times, is extremely rewarding to me,” Tasha explains. 

For the rest of the year, Tasha is focused on finishing the graduate programme and advancing her clinical knowledge. 

“Everyone I’ve worked with have provided all the guidance and support I need for the next step in my career. I am looking forward to furthering my practice and continuing to provide the highest level of care and support to everyone in our community.” 

“Something I remember hearing while studying was that you should aim to ‘provide the care and support that you would for your own family’. This has stuck with me and is something I pride myself in being able to achieve for my patients every day.”



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