Flight Nurse Emily
As of 6 Aug 06 I am Flight Nurse Emily. *the crowd goes wild*
Actually, I am feeling quite reserved about the entire thing for some strange reason. Everything I have done since 1997 has been preparing me to get to this point. My last flight as an Army Medic was the summer of 1999. Can that really be 7 years ago? Damn…
I have blown the dust off of my old paramedic books and my acute care cheat cards. I haven’t had the heart to pull out my mini-flashlight and other gadgets. I am to afraid of getting so excited I will just begin twitching uncontrollably.
So, before I leave my current role as an Ortho-Trauma NP, I want to finish a few miscellaneous projects and I need to clean out my desk.
The most interesting thing about leaving, however, has been the reaction people give me when I tell them.
“I am leaving on August 6th.”
A look of confusion, “What do you mean leaving?”
My shoulders shrug. “Well, I took a position at AeroMed as a Flight Nurse.”
“OH MY GOD! That is great!”
Hmmmmm. Not quite the reaction I expected. I thought I would get a bit a disappointment and maybe some, “oh what will we do without you?” Definitely not the case. I finally realized it is because of two things:
1) Being a flight nurse is just short of being a Blue Angels pilot in the coolness factor
2) It fits me so much that it just makes sense to people
An eerie sense of relief and calmness has settled over me. I just didn’t realize how much stress being in this position, because I knew it wasn’t me, had accumulated.
So, although I will be giving up my prescriptive authority and NP pay (about 13K and 4 weeks of annual vacation), I will be given a much more broad scope of practice.
Back to Mach 2 with my hair on fire….
It is about time.