Jodi’s nursing dream poised to take off
AS a young girl, Jodi Mason spent many of her days cooped up in the backyard cubby house playing nurse on her dolls.
In July, the Bli Bli woman, now 25, will do two weeks of nursing placement with the Royal Flying Doctor Service base in Rockhampton.
The final year University of the Sunshine Coast student said the experience had been a dream for her and hundreds of other students on campus.
"There's limited places with the Royal Flying Doctor Service ... about 100 students usually apply for it," she said.
"I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it."
Miss Mason will work as a registered nurse alongside a pilot and doctor, going out to emergencies across the state and beyond.
"We could end up anywhere in Australia to be honest," she said.
"There's going to be a diverse range of people we meet on a day-to-day basis.
"I'd just want to go out to a birth. That would be amazing."
Growing up in Bli Bli, Miss Mason was fortunate to gain a job managing two medical centres - one of which was in her hometown and the other in Redcliffe.
She said she would ultimately like to work in the emergency sector, with an organisation like the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
"I think every nurse would like to work with the Royal Flying Doctors," she said.
"It's extremely hard to get into... I just like the thrill. Nursing is a passion. You either love it or you don't."
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a not-for-profit organisation that brings first-class health services to people in the bush.
To donate, visit http://www.flyingdoctor.org.au.