Tina Frey Johnson
Why did you become a transport nurse? I received a phone call asking if I would be interested in flying – I thought I would try it for a year….in 1999.
What is it about your job that you enjoy? I love being able to make someone’s day a little better. We see people at some of the lowest times they will have and we help them get where they need to be – hopefully we make things a little better for them.
What was your career path that led you to transport nursing? I started as an ED nurse in a community hospital.
Describe your ideal partner/ transport crew member? My ideal partner is at peace with the skills they have. We all have cool stories but my favorite partners don’t have to tell them repetitively they are comfortable relaxing and rolling with the punches.
What do you enjoy in your free time? My kids and my husband!
Fun fact about you? I enjoy doing stained glass.
Why did you become an ASTNA member? ASTNA is my professional organization. As a flight or ground nurse we should always support our peers and stay informed of global changes – ASTNA is our organization for these things.
Can you share a time when you felt especially proud to work as a transport nurse? Daily – I currently work in a pediatric/neonatal specialty. The look of relief on the parents face when we walk in the door is one of the best rewards you can ever have in this profession.
Do you have a patient / transport that you feel changed/impacted how you care for your patients today? Can you relay that story? Yes – in my early days of flight I had a patient from an MVC with a severe penetrating injury to the chest. He was in extremis on our arrival and needed RSI/Intubation. He was alert and oriented. He knew he had a significant life threat. My partner and I explained briefly our need to give him medicines and intubate. He agreed and we moved quickly. He eventually died of sepsis – I think of him more than other patients because I wish we could have slowed down and held his hand for just a second and asked if he needed anything before we transitioned him to a medicated/intubated patient for his final days.