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Old July 15th, 2012, 07:10 PM
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I am having trouble finding what it is like being in the medical department on a ship. I am a Paramedic. According to princess I would be an officer although I haven't found a clear definition of what benefits that gives me only general explanations on other lines. But I was wondering what a working day would be like. How long are hours? Are cruise medical departments busy? I am sure I will have the opportunity to get some of these answered at personal. Thanks for any help.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 11:28 AM
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Found this on google

Quick Brown Fox: "Alpha, Alpha, Alpha! Tales of a Cruise Ship Nurse" by Lorna Pominville

In 10 years on ships, I've only seen one each American doctor and nurse. And I think both were holding dual citizenships (one Belize and the other an Arabic country I believe). Most of those in Medical are Eastern European, South African and Filipino.

The ship I've been on has 2 doctors and 4 or 5 nurses. One of each is always 'on duty' around the clock, more on staff during opening hours for guests and crew. "most" cruise jobs are somewhere between 50-70 hours a week. Not sure what you're expecting as far as 'benefits', but you'd have your own cabin and have access to some guest area while off duty (but will need to be in uniform and nametag)

You might try googling cruise ship hiring partners (or find some of my past posts with links) as on most lines, the medical department is actually a concession.
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