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ASTNA Member Spotlight

Tamera McLemore

Why did you become a transport nurse? As a 28 year ED nurse I had reached a point in my career where I wanted more and to challenge myself. At age 51 I applied as a flight nurse and have had the best three years of my life!

What is it about your job that you enjoy? I love the peer to peer interaction with base training, skills and continuing that flow into the ED that we service. Patient advocacy is so important and at that crucial moment they are in need I love being there for my patients.

How did you become a transport nurse? I was challenged to apply, while having some health issues, I lost 79 lbs and applied for and was hired.  Best health change and stress change ever!

What do you enjoy in your free time?  I have a small farm with dogs, goats, chickens and heritage breed hogs.  Farm life is and has always been my stress reliever. 

Fun fact about you? I love to bow hunt, gun hunt and fish…my husband won't compete against me….lol.

Why did you become an ASTNA member?  Keeping current in flight medical services and safety is foremost, and the ASTNA provides a wide array of information as well as scientific data. 

Can you share a time when you felt especially proud to work as a transport nurse?  Any time I fly I feel especially proud, to fly and do that walk around and feel the air beneath the rotor is always a new feeling and never gets old…flying our veterans is a thrill for me and be able to return something for them.

Describe the ideal partner/flight crew member. Someone who will question/consider  my opinion and be professional as well as calm to provide care as a team member

Do you have a patient / transport that you feel changed/impacted how you care for your patients today? Can you relay that story?  Taking care of a motorcycle trauma victim that had multi-trauma injuries and making that decision to ground pound 12 minutes the patient with the ambulance crew instead of flying the patient directly to the trauma facility 45 min away. The patient outcome was not good, but the lessons learned and the teamwork shared gave me the ground crew confidence as well as problem solving since I was not originally an EMT.

ASTNA Program Spotlight

STAT Medevac

Describe your program: (RW/FW/Ground) STAT Medevac is primarily a Rotor Wing organization that also offers Pennsylvania Department of EMS certified Critical Care Ground Transportation units.

What types of vehicles does your program utilize? Our rotor wing operations are dual engine aircraft,  primarily EC135s, with select bases utilizing EC145s.

What is the history of your program? Starting out as CJ Systems serving the greater Pittsburgh area, it has evolved into the largest single operated, single dispatched air operation in the United States, with 17 bases in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and Washington D.C.

What is your crew configuration? We fly primarily using a configuration of Pilot, Flight Paramedic, and Flight Nurse.  Our primary ground crews use the configuration of an EMT-Basic who is also certified in Critical Care transportation, a Critical Care certified Paramedic, and a Critical Care certified, Pre-Hospital certified Nurse.

What type(s) of transports does your program do? (i.e. scene vs inter-facility, PEDS, NICU, ECMO, etc.) STAT Medevac is readily available to perform all Emergency and Critical Care transportation, including scene runs and inter-facility transportation.  All of our air crews receive regular training and updates on ECMO, pediatrics, neonatal, and bariatric air transport.  We also serve as the transport organization for Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C., and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

What makes your program special/ different? STAT Medevac is an industry leader in safe aviation.  We will be the first in the United States to utilize Airbus EC135T3 helicopters, which feature state-of-the-art Helionix Displays.  We have the capability of responding in most forms of weather, completing several thousand patient transport missions each month through the use of terrain avoidance systems, obstacle warning systems, Night-Vision training and regular re-certification for all pilots and medical crew, and Instrument Flight Ratings for all of our pilots.  We follow the military's standardization program, so that any crew member can interact with any other crew member in any other base and function flawlessly, due to being able to pull the same equipment from the same pouch on every piece of equipment, and using the same systematic approach to patient care. 

ASTNA Board of Director's Spotlight

Tina Frey Johnson

Why did you become a transport nurse? I received a phone call asking if I would be interested in flying – I thought I would try it for a year….in 1999.

What is it about your job that you enjoy? I love being able to make someone’s day a little better. We see people at some of the lowest times they will have and we help them get where they need to be – hopefully we make things a little better for them.

What was your career path that led you to transport nursing? I started as an ED nurse in a community hospital.

Describe your ideal partner/ transport crew member? My ideal partner is at peace with the skills they have. We all have cool stories but my favorite partners don’t have to tell them repetitively they are comfortable relaxing and rolling with the punches.

What do you enjoy in your free time? My kids and my husband!

Fun fact about you? I enjoy doing stained glass.

Why did you become an ASTNA member? ASTNA is my professional organization. As a flight or ground nurse we should always support our peers and stay informed of global changes – ASTNA is our organization for these things.

Can you share a time when you felt especially proud to work as a transport nurse? Daily – I currently work in a pediatric/neonatal specialty. The look of relief on the parents face when we walk in the door is one of the best rewards you can ever have in this profession.

Do you have a patient / transport that you feel changed/impacted how you care for your patients today? Can you relay that story? Yes – in my early days of flight I had a patient from an MVC with a severe penetrating injury to the chest. He was in extremis on our arrival and needed RSI/Intubation. He was alert and oriented. He knew he had a significant life threat. My partner and I explained briefly our need to give him medicines and intubate. He agreed and we moved quickly. He eventually died of sepsis – I think of him more than other patients because I wish we could have slowed down and held his hand for just a second and asked if he needed anything before we transitioned him to a medicated/intubated patient for his final days.




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