As Nurse Manager of the Critical Care Transport Team at University Hospitals, Rhonda Price, BSN, RN, summarizes the importance of this specialty and her ability to contribute to outstanding patient care.
As I look back on my 15-year career as a critical care transport nurse, I believe that the most rewarding aspects for me have been the job autonomy, the vast education and skills I was able to acquire, and the respect I have received. Critical care transport nurses move critically ill patients between facilities and typically from an intensive care unit or emergency department to a tertiary care facility. Since we provide services to every age group needing a high level of care, we are required to be knowledgeable and skilled in all areas. Transport nurses are leaders, who are passionate in their role and have significant impact on patients.
Although we are only with patients for a short time, our work effects patients and their families significantly. I have had experiences in which I was the last person with whom the patient was able to have a conversation. Family members find it very comforting when I can relay to them the last words a patient spoke. Being able to reassure families about how much the patient loved them as they are dealing with a loss makes nursing so meaningful to me.
My role as a transport nurse has empowered and motivated me to pursue my current leadership role as the Nurse Manager of Critical Care Transport. I am now continuing my education to further my ability to contribute to the nursing profession. I will be forever grateful for what I have learned as a nurse and the meaning it has provided in my life.
Rhonda Price, BSN, RN, is the Nurse Manager for the Critical Care Transport Team at University Hospitals.