Board of Director's Message
Hello, My name is Sharon Purdom. For the past eighteen years I have worked as a flight nurse. I am also an author, educator, community volunteer, and I lecture both locally as well as nationally. I believe it is a privilege to care for people with compassion as my trademark.
I became interested in flight nursing when I was a nursing student; at that time, ASTNA was National Flight Nurses Association. I started my career in the emergency room but also spent some time in intensive care, and labor and delivery. I hold a membership with ENA, AACN, and ASTNA. I find the greatest value of being an ASTNA member as an opportunity of continually enhance my critical thinking, improve safety in transport, and network with amazing transport nurses.
In 2011, I was elected to serve as an ASTNA board member as Director Member at Large, and I am currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer. I work with Nikole Good overseeing the investment, budget, and funds. I have worked with ENA on developing a position paper on Helicopter Shopping; and we are currently working on a position paper on culture, safety policies and procedures in transport.
I organized the Memorial Fun Run for the last several years at the Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference to raise money for the families of our fallen colleagues. The fun run is now an annual event at the CCTMC.
I thank the members for your commitment and ask you to encourage others colleagues to join our association. I urge you to share your knowledge, experience and become involved in our association. Each of us has a unique talent to share. Together we can encourage, promote, mentor, and learn from each other. Together we have a voice in improving safety and enhance the quality of patient care in transport nursing. ASTNA is the professional organization for nurses who are truly passionate about careers in Specialty Ground Transport, Specialty Fixed –Wing Transport and Specialty Rotor- Wing Transport.
“Compassion is the ultimate expression of your highest self” Russell Simmons
Sharon Purdom, RN, CFRN, CEN