Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association
Celebrating 35 years
of advancing the practice of transport nursing and enhancing the quality of patient care through commitment to safety and education.
Board of Director's Message
As I move into the position of the president, I have looked back at the past presidents. I feel a tremendous amount of respect for these individuals. We certainly would not be in the position that we are in today without their dedication to the Association and to the industry.
I started in the per hospital arena as an EMT in western PA in 1994. This was a very small community. One day we were called to a farming accident. When I heard the lead Paramedic call for a “BIRD” I remember thinking what is that. When the aircraft was overhead and landing I remember being in awe!!! Watching there teamwork and the flawless manner in which they worked as a team, not only with each other but with us. When I was back at the station the nurse called just to say thanks for all our help. We talked for about 20 minutes about many things but the most important was, how to get to that position. I now had a goal and a direction to focus not just my career but my passion. I worked very hard to get everything I needed to start my journey. When I finally accepted my first flight job I can remember the excitement, this is what I have been working for, for all these years. The day of my first flight I was like a little kid. It is hard to believe that was 17 years ago!! I tell this story to remind everyone incredibly luck we are to be in this industry, and when you see that “kid” who is so excited that to see you arrive, no matter if it’s in a farm field or in the hospital. Take a second and say hello, be kind, and offer to be a mentor. One day they could be there to help you.
Brian Solada, RN, CFRN, CMTE
ASTNA President 2016-2017