Barbara Sawyer, CCRN, RN
Nurse, Air Medical Transport
In emergency situations, many patients arrive via ambulance. In extreme cases, they may require air transport. This is Barbara’s world. She’s been a flight nurse with Mission Hospital for 33 years.
“There are times when we arrive and take over patient care, and the task feels daunting. But the two of us—nurse and medic—give the care we’re trained to provide. Our goal is to deliver the patient in a better state than we received them.”
Having raised her own family and cared for her parents and in-laws, Barbara understands the circle of life and cherishes the chance to give back.
“All of my caretaking has made me wiser, a better listener and, hopefully, a person who’s able to share wisdom based on life experiences,” she says. “It’s important to use our training and skills to the best of our ability, but also to never lose the human side of what we do.”