At Air Methods, we emphasize the importance of taking care of our clinicians who selflessly care for their patients day in and day out. We know what they do isn’t normal. They are constantly exposed to human pain, suffering, and death, which exacts a severe toll over time even as they are conditioned to greet grief with a stoic calm.

In her recent article published in Health News Digest titled, “You’re Not Alone,” Air Methods Chief Nursing Officer and SVP of Clinical Services Stephanie Queen speaks up about the crushing weight of grief and its relentless presence in the lives of critical care workers.

Healthcare workers pride themselves on their ability to be empathetic but professional. Many of them calmly deliver news of adverse outcomes and prognoses to patients and family members every day, then go home to a family or personal life and try to compartmentalize thoughts of their patients’ diseases, injuries, or deaths.  

This grief can manifest itself in many ways, including anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, irritability, lack of focus, denial, shock, anger, depression, loss of appetite, nightmares, anhedonia, and substance abuse. And that’s only a partial list.

To ease the burden of grief, Queen offers some proactive steps clinicians can take through self-care:

  1. Be kind to yourself
  2. Recognize that you need to rest, eat, exercise, etc.
  3. Spend time on things that bring you joy
  4. Talk it out/express yourself to someone you trust
  5. LAUGH
  6. Make time to acknowledge the work you do
  7. Breathe
  8. Shower
  9. Get fresh air
  10.  Let light into your life

Read the full article in Health News Digest here.

Our subsidiary in Kansas and Nebraska, LifeSave Transport (LifeSave), is adding to its growing teams in Kansas and Nebraska with opportunities available for pilots, nurses, paramedics, and A&P mechanics for both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. Bases are located throughout Kansas in Colby, Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Liberal, and Salina, as well as in McCook, Nebraska.

LifeSave is recruiting new crew members due to the growing need for air medical services in the region. At a time when more than 85 million Americans live more than an hour’s drive from Level I or II trauma centers, there is an increasing demand for air medical services to ensure that patients have access to necessary care centers.

“Access to lifesaving air medical services is incredibly important to communities throughout Kansas and Nebraska,” said Amy Conner, our vice president of customer experience.  “We have a wealth of talented teammates who serve these communities, and we are excited to add even more to our team. In emergency situations, minutes can mean the difference between life and death and it takes special people to answer that call.”

“Air medical staff all over the country have served bravely throughout the pandemic, not only caring for COVID patients, but also continuing to treat people suffering other serious illnesses and injuries,” our senior vice president of human resources, Heather Dumas, added. “We recognize the value of our frontline teammates and invest in them to be the best in the air medical industry. LifeSave is committed to a sense of purpose, a proud culture, opportunities for growth, extensive benefits, and a work/life balance that includes flexible scheduling.”

To apply, email your resume, area of interest, and contact information.