People in Private: Jeff Woods

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From stand-up comedy in Los Angeles to volunteering in Brisbane during his spare time, Gold Coast Private Hospital nurse unit manager, Jeff Woods loves helping people, whether it be through laughter or caring for patients.

What do you love about your job and why?
The challenge. No two days are the same.

Why did you become a nurse?
Because it came easily to me. Helping people came naturally. It was a natural aptitude. And it got my mother off my back.

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?
‘Living the dream’ and ‘everything is awesome’.

What is something about you your colleagues don’t know?
I did stand-up comedy when I was living in Los Angeles.  Not the ‘open mic’ stuff – those things are awful.  Open mic nights are like doing your job interview in front of everyone else going for the same job. You have to tell your jokes to 50 people lining up to tell their own jokes. Yuck. Instead, I did a stand-up comedy course and through that, there were different promoters doing comedy nights that I performed at. But I wouldn’t do it over here – it’s too much work!

How do your friends describe you?
I’d have to log-in to Facebook to see that!

What do you do in your spare time?
I volunteer every second weekend with Queensland HIV Foundation for their rapid HIV and STI testing clinic in Brisbane.  I love it. It balances out my karma and gets me out and doing something different.

What is something you want to achieve this year?
This year? Oh gosh I’m just trying to get through the day! I don’t put that much planning into my life! As long as it’s fun, I’m in.

What would you be if you weren’t a nurse?
A rich socialite…philanthropy and luncheons.

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