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.

  1. Glad to hear you made your dream come true. I’m still trying to make up my mind about what I want to be when I grow up and leave the nest.
    Cheers
    Luv ya
    Mark

  2. Glad to hear you made your dream come true. I’m still trying to make up my mind about what I want to be when I grow up and leave the nest.
    Cheers
    Luv ya
    Mark

  3. I’m SO happy for you! I don’t even really know what to say……. I might start twitching or crying or something. There is this awesome thing here where I live to train flight nurses, and well, anyone can pay to attend, but you get to put a chest tube in a sheep and all sorts of cool stuff. Wow, i’m just really happy for you! :):)

  4. I’m SO happy for you! I don’t even really know what to say……. I might start twitching or crying or something. There is this awesome thing here where I live to train flight nurses, and well, anyone can pay to attend, but you get to put a chest tube in a sheep and all sorts of cool stuff. Wow, i’m just really happy for you! :):)

  5. Ahuge congrats to you. So funny about the Blue Angels analogy as I watch them fly eveyday off of my balcony.
    I’m so happy for you! You go girl!

  6. Ahuge congrats to you. So funny about the Blue Angels analogy as I watch them fly eveyday off of my balcony.
    I’m so happy for you! You go girl!

  7. I am still eagerly awaiting graduation and am still not sure what I will do afterward. I totally understand the strange response to your leaving and I expect the same when I leave the hospital. Glad to hear that you are finally getting back to what you really want to do! Flight nursing is way cool!!!
    Rock on!!

  8. I am still eagerly awaiting graduation and am still not sure what I will do afterward. I totally understand the strange response to your leaving and I expect the same when I leave the hospital. Glad to hear that you are finally getting back to what you really want to do! Flight nursing is way cool!!!
    Rock on!!

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