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How to rewire your brain and learn Optimism:

“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react” Charles R. Swindoll.

 Optimism is a quality that can change your health and happiness! Optimistic people see defeat as temporary and being more optimistic will give you confidence and the ability to bring about a solution. Having optimism helps us to cope and be resilient.  

Controlling your Thoughts: Don’t dwell on your failures but learn from them.

Negativity will beat you down and build pessimistic thoughts. Having positive thoughts is a choice we can make to better ourselves, and our relationships at home and at work.

Don’t compare yourself to others: Be the person who is happy for others, be the person that does the right thing. Be the person that is generous, humble, and kind.

Journal: Hardships will come, but writing it down and expressing your feelings, can help find a solution. Journaling in a situation where there is no changing the outcome and believing good things will come in the future can help with coping.

Laugh and Smile more: Children laugh 400 times a day. Laugh with your spouse, family, co-workers, laugh until you PEE. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter releases good endorphins promoting an overall sense of wellbeing. Happy people are more creative, productive, and even make more money, attract more friends and have better relationships, stay healthy and even outlive their grumpy friends…


The Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) has joined the MedEvac Foundation International and the International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics (IAFCCP) to combine our commitment towards our Taking Care of Our Own initiative. Together, we have developed an educational safety event that will address post-traumatic stress and the support available to the Critical Care Services. Eight educational Taking Care of Our Own events will take place nationally. Watch for one coming to a location near you and be sure to attend this vital event!

The Board of Directors held their strategic planning meeting in July at our normal summer meeting. We will also attend the Air Medical Memorial celebrating the lives of our transport family which we lost in fatal crashes during 2018 as well as those lost in previous years. 

We have a lot of great things planned for the ASTNA Booth at AMTC and we are working hard to plan an amazing membership luncheon this year. The focus of the luncheon will be on resilience and self-care I hope you will be able to join us!  I will be handing over the title as President of the Air & Surface Transport Association to Josh Wall our President -Elect.  It has been such a privilege to work with the Board of Directors, our Executive Director Nikole Good and the Executive Committee. May you always be committed to education, safety and also realize how fortunate you are to be able to care for the sick and injured.


Be Safe,


Sharon J. Purdom RN, BSN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT

ASTNA Immediate Past-President

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