Saturday, April 01, 2017

Island Nurse Needed!

Elena Mera Long 
Yes, Fair Isle is looking for a new nurse. contact NHS Shetland 

 After 9 years the Fair Isle nurse, Elena has just left the Fair Isle's nursing job to be the Director of Nursing in a big cancer treatment centre which is opening in Cluj, in Romania near her husbands home. It’s an exciting new job, but it was SO hard for her to leave Fair Isle! Elena was not just the nurse, but a member of Fair Isle's small community. She played the organ in church on Sundays, lead the Christmas choir and taught piano to many of the Island children. Also an avid birdwatcher she enjoyed the natural beauty of the island while walking her dog and raising her chickens  Before coming to Fair Isle she had been the the Nurse on Foula for over a year, before that she has a long impressive history of nursing mostly in London and Romania.

Mastering the Art of Fair Isle Knitting

Elena is also a keen knitter and spinner of wool. She embraced the Fair Isle Knitting traditions over the years. She knits mostly for friends and family. Also Elena was the administrator of the Facebook "Fair Isle Fisherman's Kep Page" promoting Fair Isle Knitting for our local museum. A great success, and has raised not only funds but awareness of Fair Isle history.

link to facebook group if you want to join -

If you or someone you know wants not only a nursing job but an adventure. Plus to be apart of the most remote island community in the UK. Here is some information I copied off the NHS Shetland website.

Non Doctor Island Nurse/ Nurse Practitioner – Fair Isle (IRC10123)
Band 6 - Salary Range £26,565 - £35,577 per annum
Full Time – 37.5 hours per week plus on-call
Are you looking for a challenge?
We are looking for an enthusiastic autonomous practitioner with a degree of flexibility to work on the non-doctor island of Fair Isle.
Living within this small island community, with a resident population of approximately 60, you will be responsible for the provision of a healthcare service in line with local and national standards, ensuring that all islanders have access to appropriate healthcare to meet their needs. The post holder will carry continuing responsibility for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care whilst working within a specific caseload.
You will also be required to provide effective nursing assessment and treatment during an emergency situation in liaison with a General Practitioner located on mainland Shetland. The post holder acts as first point of contact for the public in the absence of a resident medical practitioner.
Working in these remote settings presents many exciting opportunities as well as challenges. The successful candidate will be either an experienced District Nurse or a Nurse Practitioner.
Candidates should possess qualifications in Acute Assessment /Advanced Clinical Examination skills and be a non-medical prescriber at extended independent prescriber level as well as possessing a broad range of clinical skills. Good communication, interpersonal and computer skills, together with an awareness of health and community care legislation are essential.
You must be able to work autonomously, providing nursing care to a high standard and be able to use your own initiative to address healthcare issues within this remote island setting.
Professional colleagues and other Non-Doctor island nurses will provide mentorship and clinical supervision. A degree of personal resilience is also required to work in this single-handed post on a non-doctor island with support available via telephone or videoconference link.
In addition to working Monday to Friday clinic hours there is a requirement to provide an on-call service for emergencies in the out of hours periods at night or at the weekends, for which an allowance is payable.
 As this is a residential position there is a Nurses House available for rent on the island. A separate clinic facility is in place.
To find out more about living and working in Shetland go to
Informal discussions, please contact .Edna Mary Watson, Chief Nurse (Community) on 01595 743377 or Ian Sandilands, Clinical Team Leader (South) on 01595 743096 or Elaine Maguire, Clinical Team Leader (North) on 01806 522 905.
Closing date: 24th April 2017
Interview date: w/c 8th May 2017
We offer relocation assistance of up to £8,000 and all posts qualify for a Distant Island Allowance of £1,721 per annum (pro rata for part-time and fixed term positions).
Please apply via the following e:ESS website link:-
In promoting equal opportunities, we welcome applications from all sections of the community.


  1. Wow, what a golden, exciting opportunity. If only!! Love Shetland, totally besotted with Fairisle knitting, (both hand & machine). My 2 Cumbrian Border collies & I would have really loved to enjoy, live & work as your Island Nurse, but disappointed, as I'm 60 now!!!
    Previously had a great experience whilst living on the Isle of Colonsay as their D/N 2009/2010. Now just working a few 'district nurse bank shifts' in rural Cumbria.

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  2. Big shoes to fill. What a lovely opportunity for the right person! I hope they might at least be interested in knitting!

  3. de très beaux bonnets

  4. DANG! I knew I should have chosen a different career...

  5. If only this happened in a few years! Planning my masters in Adult Nurse Practitioner (hopefully) after a couple more years of experience. Best wishes to whoever gets this job!

  6. Applying this weekend......but what an enormous pair of shoes to fill.
    However it's a job I'd love to do

  7. Hello!
    I live in the Fort Lauderdale area in Florida, USA. I am a registered nurse with emergency department experience. I would love the opportunity to move and work on your island, however I do not know how to apply.

    1. Google NHS Shetland and look for the job page.

  8. In finishing my application this week! I'm a DC er nurse and live in n. Ireland right now... I would really like to ask acessibility questions, can I email you? (Family member in a wheelchair)

    1. if you look at the "Travel" information in blogs header that should help. other acessibitity questions I think you should ask the NHS. but I believe the nurses house and the Surgery is fit for wheelchairs.

    2. I'm a US RN and Paramedic. My husband is a Paramedic and former fire fighter. We both love to teach CPR and are EMS instructors. I'm not sure how any of this translates to the DISTRICT NURSE of the UK but I would do this in a heartbeat if the licensure was interchangeable. Any advice?

  9. I am a 45 year old man who has a certificate of Social Health Operator, which could help the nurse and treat the elderly and disabled. I'd like to do this work experience in your island. I do not speak English, but they are quick to learn new languages. You can contact me at 00393208650270 or

  10. Have my interview date and really excited- huge shoes to fill but have the experience just not in knitting!

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  12. Did Fair Isle get its nurse yet?
    I had applied, but last i heard the nurse was a no show.

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