Author Archive, Emily McGee

Can You Handle a Code?

July 15th, 2008  |  The Blog

My first patient flight of the day was a “stable myocardial infarction” that we needed to take from an outside hospital to the Big Hospital with a cardiac cath. lab. I’ve flown dozens of these patients and normally they only require a bit of pain medication, IV drugs monitored, and reassurance that it’s better to fly than go by ambulance. Standard Operating Procedure when transporting a patient to the cath lab is to attach hands-free defibrillation pads to the patient, ... More »

Nurses Who Sacrificed for Freedom

July 3rd, 2008  |  The Blog

The Fourth of July holds special meaning for me. As the country takes the time to celebrate independence, I hold court with the past. I send my quiet thanks and respect to the nurses who have gone before me, paving the way for my profession, both in the Army and in the civilian worlds. My thoughts are with the nurses who have traveled far from home, during eras in which the expectation was to stay put and ... More »

We Don’t All Eat Our Young

June 24th, 2008  |  The Blog

My mom once told me, "Emily, it costs nothing to be nice to someone. It can cost you everything if you are not." Over the years, those words have played across my mind in a variety of situations, but never so much as when I was going through orientation both as a new nurse, and as a new flight nurse. Why does the phrase "nurses eat their young" persist? What is it about our profession that breeds this ... More »

I am a Nurse

June 10th, 2008  |  The Blog

Who we are constantly changes as our lives progress. We are born as a daughter or son and evolve into husband/wife, mother/father, lover, friend. Our associations, accomplishments, relationships, and our profession define who we become as an individual. Very few of these things are as personally defining, however, as being a Nurse. Once upon a time, I cringed at the thought of becoming a nurse. I had respect for the profession by reputation, but resisted the possibility of being ... More »

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