“It’s hard to put words to explain one of the best jobs ever! I would say my job description is that I work as a team with my partner, the pilots, and the sending and receiving medical crew to transport sick and injured patients to a destination to receive higher level of care.”
What is your role at LifeSave?
Flight Nurse, Liberal Medical Base Manager
Describe your job.
It’s hard to put words to explain one of the best jobs ever! I would say my job description is that I work as a team with my partner, the pilots, and the sending and receiving medical crew to transport sick and injured patients to a destination to receive higher level of care. En route my brain works to stabilize and maintain life of that patient, my fingers and hands work steadily to provide the fine detailed work required, but also to be available for that scared patient or family member that needs their hand help. I get to continue to grow my knowledge bank and my experience to better myself as a nurse and as a person. And when I am not nursing it up, I get to be a cheerleader for my pilots! Nothing makes me smile and be more proud than that First Officer that has a remarkable landing, and I get to cheer them on in the background!
Three hashtags that describe you?
#LS10Rocks #MommaMel #LivintheDream
How long have you been with LifeSave?
What is your office nickname?
Maui Mel (Spin off from Maui from Moana), TinkerBell because of my energy, and just “Mel”
What are your hobbies?
Following my kids around! My oldest daughter is on a competition cheer team. We are also involved in 4H and raise pigs and goats for the County Fair. My son is just getting started in sports and my baby, she just tags along. Outside of my kids, I love to bake cupcakes, teach Strong by Zumba classes, and softball pitching lessons to kids in my hometown. I am usually a flag football, volleyball, softball and tee ball coach for the recreation. During what little spare time I can find I like to craft, paint, and sew.
Who is the most important person (or people) in your life?
Where do I start? I definitely would not be where I am without my family. My mom and husband held the fort together, while I was in school and continue to now that I am gone for work more. My kids motivate me to keep working for more.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Ruffinos or Ninja Sushi in Liberal!
What is your dream job?
I am doing my dream job! When I worked at Morton County Hospital shortly after being hired, I was able to assist in a code with the one and only “The Peggy Parker.” She ran that code like no ones business, it was that moment that I decided I wanted to be like her, which I knew she was a flight nurse. I went back to school, focused on getting my critical care time and here I am! Doing what I set out to do.
What is one thing on your bucket list?
I want to open a cupcake bakery and to have as many and maybe more credentials/initials after my name as Jodi Cregger. She’s awesome! Also, to attend the softball world series.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Mind over matter. This was my dad’s wrestling motto. It helped me through school, through codes, and now through sleepless nights because of night missions. It’s not how hard it is, it’s how bad you want it. If you really want something, you will put the effort and time into achieving that!
What do you like most about being part of LifeSave?
I love the camaraderie. The fact that everyone I work with understands the emotions; they understand how hard our job is. From being away from your family, to the emotional and psychological aspect behind the job. Everyone is always so supportive! I love that LS10 is so much like a family. I think it’s fabulous that our pilots are amazing at knowing when I have hit my limit and just need an ice cream or a package of Oreo cookies. Or when Matt Fenn needs to give me a big bear hug.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I did all of my college schooling online. The only year I went to campus was for my LPN year. I did my general education requirements online, a year at Garden City Community College for my LPN, then my RN year online through Dodge City Community College with clinicals at surrounding hospitals and my Bachelor program through Oklahoma Panhandle State University all online. I even did an IV therapy class online.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?
I would like to sponsor a hospice room or hall in a nursing home. I went to a nursing home in Colorado that had a whole hall of double rooms for their hospice patients. The decor was so calming and beautiful. There was a room for a patient and then for the family.