What do you think of when you think of an air ambulance jet service? A father needing to get home after suffering a myocardial infarction while on a business trip? A child needing to return to long term rehabilitation after an acute stay in a specialty hospital away from home? Or perhaps a young lady who loves caring for people and the rush of working with a team to make sure that her patients receive the best possible care available comes to mind. Is the last example different than what you expected? How will the father, child, and any other patient get home safely if not for teams of medical staff to provide excellent healthcare? Join us for a series of articles that will discuss the business of air ambulance jets also known as emergency medical flights.
“Nursing is a selfless calling that brings comfort and hope which can truly make a difference in people’s lives.”
1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration
Danielle Wilson began her career at a very young age. When she was only sixteen, she came upon a terrible car accident in which the driver was ejected out of the car. The gentleman was staggering in the roadway covered head to toe in blood without another car in sight. The young Wilson stopped to help him but was completely petrified and had no idea what to do. The feeling of utter helplessness that Danielle Wilson felt that life-changing day is something that she will never forget. She enrolled in a local nursing program. To her, “Nursing is a selfless calling that brings comfort and hope which can truly make a difference in people’s lives”. But, that is only where young Danielle Wilson’s journey began. She would go on to show the world that a girl with “utter helplessness” could learn, grow, and eventually help many.
“Being able to combine the freedom and excitement of aviation with the autonomy of critical care nursing is simply the BEST!”
Nursing and Aviation: How Do You Combine The Two?
Danielle Wilson didn’t stop there. She completed the nursing program and was selected for an Emergency Medicine Internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Part of this 13-week intense training was the opportunity to fly along with Life Flight, which was the EMS helicopter based at the hospital. Danielle recounts that in less than 10 minutes after checking in for duty, the siren went off and she was on her way to a medical call in which the patient’s heart had stopped. She watched the nurses and paramedics work so intently to revive this patient. The collaboration and teamwork of these medical professionals was more than impressive. By the end of her 12 hour shift, she had completed 4 successful flight missions and was totally hooked. She went back to school to become dual-licensed as a RN and Paramedic and in 1994 became the youngest Flight Registered Nurse in the nation. Nursing and aviation had become two of Danielle’s passions. And now she had combined the two. She recalls, “Being able to combine the freedom and excitement of aviation with the autonomy of critical care nursing is simply the BEST!”
Air Ambulance Jets: From Registered Flight Nurse To CEO
A few years later and after many successful flight missions, Danielle Wilson felt the boardroom calling her name. She knew she could make a difference in the lives of others by leading teams. Her business acumen coupled with her extensive patient care background, gives her a unique set of skills to lead in the emergency medical flight industry. Future articles will discuss how she created and continues to successfully lead Aero Jet Medical along with her expert air ambulance executive team (including her husband, Ronny Wilson, COO, who also began his career in patient care…stay tuned).
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