Paul Oldfield RN, CCRN, CFRN
Why did you become a transport nurse?
When I was in nursing school I met a transport team at a public relations event. As I talked to them about the level of competency needed to be a transport nurse. The more I was told about this career the more I started to view the field of transport nursing as the pinnacle of critical care nursing.
What is it about your job that you enjoy?
I enjoy never knowing what my day will be like. I love knowing that I may be traveling to a hospital to transport an extremely ill patient to a higher level of care. Then, immediately after that call I may be asked to go to the mountains and help with an injured hiker. The variety of my job is amazing.
How did you become a transport nurse?
Upon completing nursing school there was no doubt in my mind, I wanted to be a flight nurse. I was laser focused on this goal. I found a few people that were already in this role to mentor me and help me develop a career path that would propel me in that direction. After several years of practicing in the ED, ICU, PICU, and teaching PALS I finally obtained my career goal.
What do you enjoy in your free time?
I love to travel. My wife and I try to take as many trips as possible. Even if we just go on a road trip, we are always looking for our next chance to travel.
Fun fact about you?
Prior to nursing I worked for a large cellular telephone provider as both a Corporate Trainer and Senior Business Analyst.
Why did you become an ASTNA member?
ASTNA provides me to opportunity to keep up to speed on what is going on in the transport nursing. ASTNA is also a great hub for networking with other nurses and programs.
Can you share a time when you felt especially proud to work as a transport nurse?
I was presenting at a high school career fair when I was approached by a young man. He looked a bit upset when he came up to me. The young man told me that his father performed a role similar to that of a flight nurse in the military prior to his death. He then proceeded to shake my hand and said “thank you so much for doing what you do”.
Describe the ideal partner/flight crew member.
My ideal partner is someone I can trust when push comes to shove to provide the most effective care for our patient while maintaining the highest level of safety. This same partner is also able to laugh and joke (when appropriate) at work.