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‘Nursing took me to the South Pole’ Recent BBC article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44075826
‘Nursing has given me some incredible experiences’
Although Ben Cooper, 44, works as a nurse in Northern General Hospital Sheffield’s A&E department, his career has also taken him on expeditions to Antarctica.
“The day job pays the mortgage, and the expeditions are my personal mental health programme,” he says.
Ben got into mountaineering as a child, which eventually led to working as part of a mountain rescue team when he was a student nurse. This in turn led to an opportunity to be a nurse with the crew of a major TV programme, Shackleton, about the life of the legendary explorer.
“I spent six weeks off the coast of Iceland and Greenland on an ice breaker with husky dogs and 24-hour daylight.”
Ben also works as a nurse for World Extreme Medicine and also Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions, which takes groups of tourists and mountaineers on adventures to the South Pole.
“One time we had to rescue a climber who had dislocated his shoulder and broken his leg. It was – 45 degrees, so we flew in on a ski plane, skied to rescue them with a rescue sledge and crossed a crevasse on the way back. It was seven days before the weather was good enough for us to get them to a hospital in South America.”
Ben was fortunate that his hospital allowed him to work 48 weeks instead of 52, so he could add the extra time to his leave for expeditions. Nowadays, however, with a wife and two children, he is more likely to spend his time teaching medics about polar medicine