Board of Director's Message
Spring is upon us! With that comes the excitement of all things fresh that spring time brings. Warmer weather and beautiful blooming trees and gardens bring inspiration and renewed energy to enjoy the outdoors. Spring is an exciting time for association, as we pack our bags for Charlotte, NC and the annual Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference. As I write this article, we are merely a week away. This conference never disappoints, boasting a legitimate A-list of speakers sharing the latest and greatest ideas in critical care transport. Professional membership association makes conferences like this possible by bringing dedicated administrators, clinicians, researchers, and educators together with the sole purpose of improving care to the patients that depend on us. We are never “good enough” and are obligated to continually seek methods to improve the outcomes of the patients we serve.
I am honored and appreciative to have been elected to serve as Director at Large on the ASTNA Board of Directors last fall. I have learned a great deal over the last six months from the other members of the board and have been inspired by the commitment and passion they demonstrate for the profession of transport nursing. Our association is strong! Thank you to all of our current members. I would like to ask each member to please talk to your non-member colleagues and encourage them to join. The larger our membership, the louder our voice. Membership demonstrates commitment to your chosen profession.
I have been a proud Flight Nurse for TraumaOne Flight Services in Jacksonville, Florida for the past 11 years. TraumaOne is a division of University of Florida (UF) Health Jacksonville, an academic medical center and the urban campus for the University of Florida. I have been at UF Health Jacksonville for my entire 19 year nursing career, previously working on med/surg floors, the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, the trauma center resuscitation area, the rapid response team, and the Pediatric Emergency Department. I am proud of my organization for tangibly demonstrating an enduring commitment to improving the health of our community.
My current focus within the association is working with the advisory committees of both the TraCER and TPATC courses to ensure we are delivering high quality products that our members expect and deserve. Both advisory committees are comprised of dedicated educators and transport professionals committed to delivering a first class learning experience to the students taking ASTNA sponsored courses. Course development and quality improvement are an ongoing process. We welcome all constructive criticism and ideas for improvement.
I hope to see you in Charlotte. I would love to meet you and hear your ideas about how we can improve your professional association.
Please stay safe!
David Meysenburg, BSN, CFRN, TCRN, EMT-P
ASTNA Director at Large 2015-2017