Lorraine Montgomery spends most of her days as an ophthalmic nurse in Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust but every year she sets sail with Mercy Ships to provide care and support to hundreds of people overseas. In this 60 second interview, Lorraine gives us a peek into her voluntary experience.
What inspired you to get involved with Mercy Ships?
I wanted to use my skills to work abroad and help others who are less fortunate.
How do you start your day every morning when working with Mercy Ships?
Everyday starts with a prayer and the hope that you will make a difference.
How do you relax and unwind after a day’s work with Mercy Ships?
Relax with a coffee and chat with friends in the ships cafe or go for a dip in the ships pool.
What do you enjoy most about working with Mercy Ships?
It is well organised, there is a great sense of teamwork and I like the fact that everyone is there for the same reason to bring hope and healing.
What is the most challenging part of your day on board Mercy Ships?
Making sure all the patients are prepared for their ophthalmic surgery.
Do you think the administration burden on nurses in your day job is excessive?
Yes I do.
Do you get enough face-to-face time with patients in your day job?
Yes, most of the time as my patients take priority so I aim to give them the time they need.
Do you think nursing is a more or less respected profession than it was in the past?
At times I think less respected.
Where do you see yourself in five year’s time?
Leading a team of nurses to deliver high quality and compassionate care to our patients.
Are you surprised by how much you get done in a day?
Yes I am.
Look out for Lorraine's full interview in the November/Decmeber issue of Nursing in Practice, coming soon!