Gorham enrolled in a 12-week truck-driving program last October, spending almost $ 8,000 ($ 10,000 canadese) to get her license.
Now she and her boyfriend drive together.
“Infine, we’re going to be trading off like, I’m going to sleep when he’s driving, but right now, while I’m still training … it’s almost like we’re one independent super-driver,” lei disse.
Gorham talked to CNN from a truck stop in Tom Brooks, Virginia, on Wednesday where the couple had stopped on the way to South Carolina. They were headed back north on Friday to haul a load of tires to Quebec and will then make a run to Indiana.
Before she started driving, Gorham hadn’t traveled much, or even left New Brunswick Province very often over the past 20 anni.
Adesso, she’s getting to see a lot of the US and Canada from the cab of the 18-wheeler.
Gorham was inspired to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) by the healthcare workers who cared for her dad, who died of pancreatic cancer at 40.
“It was something that I just took off with, and I absolutely loved it and for a long time,” lei disse. “I couldn’t even imagine doing anything else.”
Gorham worked at St. John Regional Hospital in New Brunswick for almost 16 years in neurosurgery and then general surgery. She applied to go back to school for her bachelor’s degree, so she could become a registered nurse, but her applications kept getting rejected.
Gorham said she’d gotten about as high as she could on the career ladder without upgrading her qualifications.
The New Brunswick government has been working to increase the number of available nursing school seats in the province
, e a 2019 report by the Department of Health predicted a shortage of
130 nurses per year over the next
10 anni — and that was before the strains caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
“This nursing problem has been there my entire career, Gorham said. “The pandemic is just showing the real stress of the situation.”
The New Brunswick Nurses Union told the CBC, a CNN news partner
, the province has
1,000 registered nurse vacancies between nursing homes and the regional health authorities
The union said there’s also a shortage of some 300 licensed practical nurses, the CBC reported.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer
, Dott. Theresa Tam, said Friday the infections from the Omicron variant may have peaked nationally
“tuttavia, daily hospital and ICU numbers are still rising steeply
, and many hospitals across Canada are under intense strain
,” Tam said
Gorham said the staff shortage was hard on everyone and “there was no end in sight.”
But Gorham does miss nursing and the people she worked with and has tremendous respect for the hard work they do. She’s kept her license on an inactive status, so she could go back to nursing.
“I do have time to see [Se] maybe I want to go back casually or something like that just to maintain my license because, I put my time in I did really love it,” lei disse.
Ma per ora, she’s really happy behind the wheel.
Gorham’s only gotten one paycheck so far, but said it was more than she got at her old job.
“What we’re interested in is sort of having the freedom and not pushing that real hard and still living,” lei disse. “It’s sort of just a balance. We don’t need to be rich over this.”
Gorham said driving is more relaxed than the hectic, always-on-the-go life at the hospital, but maneuvering the massive, 13-speed vehicle presents new challenges.
“It is not anything like my standard car,” lei disse. “There’s a lot of hazards involved in it. I find a lot of people are unaware how difficult it really is.”