Vicky, Medical Purser
I am Vicky, one of the Medical Pursers and to me this is a dream job. In my long career as an Occupational Health Nurse I have never had such a diverse job description!
The Medical Purser is accountable to the Master for the medical care of the Voyage Crew and the Permanent Crew. I have certain security duties and I am part of the emergency teams. I am also responsible for all medication, medical equipment and stores on board, for the cleanliness below decks and for the laundry.
With the First Mate we make up the watches so that they are balanced out with different levels of sailing experience, gender, age and physical abilities. We also allocate “buddies” to people who need help with the everyday activities on the ship.
I assist the Chief mate in ensuring that we keep to the daily routine and if the cook needs help I can also give him or her a hand.
I run the ship’s bar and shop and I also supervise the use of the fenders during habour operations.
The best part of the job for me is its diversity: one minute I’m making the toast for breakfast and the next I’m tending to someone who is unwell or putting out the fenders. The travelling is wonderful but best of all is seeing the transformation of the voyage crew as they gain in confidence and capability as they cope with being completely out of their comfort zone and also the team spirit which developpes on each and every voyage.
On my time off I go back to Switzerland where I live and spend time with my family ( I have 2 grown up daughters) and friends. Some skiing in winter and walking in Summer.