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An exciting letter from one of our travel nurses

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I got this e-mail from one of our travel nurses. I think it’s pretty cool. The level of caring that nurses provide is so awesome. Thanks Susan. 

DEAR JEFF:

HERE IS A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF WHAT HAPPENED OF FLIGHT #482 AMERICAN AIRLINES FROM ALBUQUERQUE TO INDIANAPOLIS. DAN, MY FIANCE, KEVIN, MY GRANDSON, AND I, WERE ON OUR WAY TO INDIANAPOLIS FOR MY SON’S WEDDING, WE HAD JUST COMPLETED THE FIRST LEG OF THE FLIGHT. ON OUR DALLAS/FT WORTH CONNECTION FLIGHT TO INDPLS WAS WHEN THE ACTION BEGAN! 

WE HAD NO SOONER SAT IN OUR SEATS WHEN AN ELDERLY GENTLEMAN SAT DOWN BESIDE ME IN THE AISLE SEAT.  HE DID NOT LOOK WELL AT ALL, HE WAS COUGHING AND PALE AND DIAPHORETIC.  I THOUGHT TO MYSELF GREAT, ALL I NEED IS TO GET SICK FROM SHARING AIR-SPACE WITH THIS GENTLEMAN, AND NOT BE AT MY BEST FOR MY SON’S WEDDING!   WE HAD BEEN IN THE AIR NO LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES, WHEN HE BEGAN TO PUT HIS HEAD BETWEEN HIS LEGS AND CLUTCH HIS CHEST.  I IMMEDIATELY FORGOT ABOUT MYSELF, AND SPRUNG INTO ACTION LIKE ANY GOOD NURSE WOULD DO! I ASKED HIM,” ARE YOU OK”? HE RESPONDED WITH A SHAKE OF HIS HEAD NO.  HE THEN LAID DOWN IN THE AISLE OF THE PLANE STATING HE COULD NOT BREATHE.  I JUMPED UP OUT OF MY SEAT AND BEGAN TAKING A BRIEF HEALTH HISTORY AND FOUND OUT THAT HE HAD A PREVIOUS HEART ATTACK A FEW YEARS BACK  AND WAS ON MEDICATION FOR HEART DISEASE.

THE CAPTAIN IMMEDIATELY PAGED OVERHEAD FOR A DOCTOR ON THE PLANE AND ONE RESPONDED.  THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS BROUGHT AN AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR, WHICH THE DOCTOR TOLD ME TO ATTACH THE PADS, WHICH I DID.  THE MESSAGE WAS “NO SHOCK ADVISED”I CONTINUED TO ASK QUESTIONS AND FOUND OUT HE WAS A DIABETIC AND HAD BEEN SICK FOR OVER 2 WEEKS.  MY THINKING WAS HE WAS HAVING A HYPOGLYCEMIC REACTION, I ASKED FOR JUICE AND THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS BROUGHT ME SEVERAL GLASSES. 

AFTER DRINKING THE JUICE HE IMMEDIATELY FELT BETTER.  I HELPED HIM BACK TO HIS SEAT NEXT TO ME AND MONITORED HIS VITAL SIGNS AND RESPIRATORY STATUS, HE WAS ON OXYGEN, FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE FLIGHT TO INDPLS.  HE HAD SEVERAL MORE ATTACKS OF FEELING SHORT OF BREATH AND DIAPHORETIC, WHICH I CONTINUED WITH THE JUICE AND PROTEIN SNACK AND GIVING HIM ASSURANCE THAT HE WOULD BE OK.  THE CAPTAIN HAD PHONED AHEAD TO INDPLS SO PARAMEDICS WERE STANDING BY.  I EXITED THE PLANE WITH MY PT AND GAVE A BRIEF HISTORY TO THE PARAMEDICS.  THE GENTLEMAN THANKED ME SEVERAL TIMES FOR MY ASSISTANCE AND STATED KNOW HE KNEW WHY HE WAS SITTED NEXT TO ME.  AS YOU KNOW, JEFF, NURSES WORK LONG HOURS AT THEIR JOB AND A LOT OF TIMES DO NOT GET THE CREDIT OR RESPECT FOR THEIR JOBS THAT THEY DO,

AMERICAN AIRLINES WROTE ME A LETTER STATING THEIR APPRECIATION FOR ALL I DID AND MY SUGGESTIONS TO MAKE THEIR FLIGHTS SAFER FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS.  I RECOMMENDED THAT THEY HAVE GLUCOMETERS IN THEIR EMMERGENCY FLIGHT KIT AND ALSO REGULATORS ON THEIR OXYGEN TANKS.  THIS WAS CONVEYED TO THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR, WHICH WROTE ME A LETTER, STATING THEY WOULD TAKE MY SUGGESTIONS INTO CONSIDERATION.

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About the Author:

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

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