Work placement doesn’t stop Navy nurse Jess from supporting the mission

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Ben Robinson (author), SGT Murray Staff (photographer)

Location(s): Adelaide, SA

Topic(s): Training, Retention, Operation COVID-19 ASSIST

Royal Australian Navy Sub Lieutenant Jess Mysko, from Navy Headquarters in South Australia, at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide. (photo: SGT Murray Staff)
Royal Australian Navy Sub Lieutenant Jess Mysko, from Navy Headquarters in South Australia, at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide.

Elizabeth North local, Sub Lieutenant Jess Mysko, is a nursing officer at Adelaide’s Lyell McEwin Hospital. Undertaking a two-year placement, she never expected to be responding to a global pandemic.

Sub Lieutenant Mysko moved to the area at the age of two, when her dad was in the Royal Australian Air Force and posted to Edinburgh Air Force Base.

Royal Australian Navy Sub Lieutenant Jess Mysko, from Navy Headquarters in South Australia, at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide.

Royal Australian Navy Sub Lieutenant Jess Mysko, from Navy Headquarters in South Australia, at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide.

“I come from a military family and all of the women on my mother’s side are nurses.

“I was inclined to join the Australian Defence Force from a young age, initially serving for 12 and a half years as a Navy medic,” Sub Lieutenant Mysko said.

“Last year I considered discharging as I needed to undertake my clinical placement to finalise my training as a registered nurse. Thankfully, I contacted the Navy Retention Team and they came to a solution that worked for the Navy and I,” she said.

Sub Lieutenant Mysko’s placement at Lyell McEwin Hospital has meant she is now working with other Australian Defence Force members as part of Emergency Management Australia’s national response to COVID-19.

“It’s been great to see our planners working alongside the medical and support staff to ensure the hospital is effectively dealing with COVID-19,” Sub Lieutenant Mysko said.

In South Australia, Defence Force personnel are supporting the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the state Control Centre for Health, and the Northern, Central, and Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.