Flight Nurse, Air Evac Lifeteam, Macomb, IL
Kristin Nixon joined the U.S. Navy because she loves the water and thought it would be exciting to be stationed on a ship, visiting different countries. Serving as a Navy Corpsman-Medic, she was proud to train other Corpsmen in Tactical Combat Casualty Care, which is treating patients while under fire. After 13 years, Nixon took advantage of her GI benefits to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She returned to civilian life, went to nursing school, served as an ER nurse and later joined Air Evac Lifeteam (AEL) 144 in Macomb, Ill.
While Nixon misses meeting new people and seeing new places in the military, she utilizes her military training to be successful with AEL. “I believe that providing care in the field with little equipment and resources has enabled me to provide rapid assessment and treatment during scene calls,” she said.
Over her 13-year Naval career, Nixon attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer-E7. Navy Chief Petty Officers serve a dual role as both technical experts and as leaders, with an increasing emphasis on leadership as they progress through the ranks.
Nixon was deployed in Iraq and Kuwait.
Why Global Medical Response?
“While working as an ER nurse, we would often have to transport patients to a higher level of care and would always call Air Evac,” said Nixon. “I had great interactions with the flight crew who were always helpful and professional and I knew I wanted to be a part of that team.”
“As a flight nurse, attention to detail is imperative to complete safe patient flights. During air transports with patients it is very important to use your senses and situational awareness and have eyes out to identify any potential hazards,” she added.