A local LifeFlight nurse who also works in intensive care at the Gold Coast University Hospital has been named the overall winner of the 2017 Gold Coast Nursing Awards.
Josh Ball was shocked to learn he took out the overall prize during a chat with 1029 Hot Tomato’s Flan & Emily Jade with Christo this morning.
“Oh wow – that’s unreal! Thank you so much guys!” he said. “This is amazing!”
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Josh told the radio trio that he loves being a nurse and couldn’t imagine doing anything else as a career.
“I wanted to do something that could help people. Obviously nursing is a female dominated profession and going into it as a male I wasn’t sure if I would be good enough and if I would fit in. As soon as I started and helped the first person I realised it was the career for me.”
In a previous interview with myGC, Josh said he was inspired to become a nurse over 10 years ago after he was airlifted to hospital following a motorbike accident.
“I was in a serious motorbike accident where I broke my back and suffered a serious shoulder injury,” he told myGC. “The accident happened at a place called Black Duck Valley, west of Brisbane, so I needed to be airlifted to hospital.
“The chopper came and I remember it took only 10 minutes before I was at hospital. The nurse on board was so professional and inspiring and I knew when I recovered that I wanted to be a LifeFlight nurse too.
“It took me ten years, but I finally got my dream job working with LifeFlight in 2015. I also work in intensive care at the Gold Coast University Hospital which I enjoy thoroughly as well.”
Along with a certificate, Josh takes home the annual cash prize of $5,000.
You can listen to Flan & Emily Jade with Christo’s full interview with Josh below:
For more information on the 1029 Hot Tomato Gold Coast Nursing Awards, visit: mygc.com.au/gold-coast-nursing-awards/