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Transport Team: It's A Flight!

Check out the latest post from our Trasnport Team. This month, Kenny shares his experience on a recent night time flight.
It’s a typical Florida day.  You leave home and make your way to the hospital as the sunset begins to engulf the sky with its spectacular ambiance.  Making your way into the office, you clock in as everyone is scurrying around, pen to paper and phone to ear.
Let's Go
A piece of paper and the nursing report is placed in your hand and the sounds of “It’s a flight!” come across the room.  With haste, you and your partner grab the stretcher and begin to pack.  Others in the room get your helmets and flotation vests, helping to get you outfitted to leave. 
En route, meds get mixed, fluids get drawn up, strategies are discussed, and a plan of action is formed to help save the young life you’re about to step into ever so briefly. 
You see the remnants of a fading sun sinking into the horizon.  Calm slowly instills its way into your body; the pilot’s voice comes over your helmet announcing approach, making sure all souls are secured for landing. 
Pick Up
As night encompasses the area, you disembark the aircraft and prepare for what you are about to encounter.  Coming through the doors, you spot a room full of hospital staff and your destination is obvious.  You’re led to the room and receive the report from the patients nurse, and it all begins to fall into place. 
You know exactly what you need to do to save this child’s life. Your compassion allows you to take the parents through the process.  Your skill lets you perform at the highest of levels.  Through the IV, the intubation, the dosing calculations, and conversations with various physicians, you’ve stabilized the patient enough to begin the journey back home.  
Two hours down; wonder what the next ten will bring?
- Kenny

I'm A New Nurse - Nurses Week Rocks at All Children's Hospital!

I dare anyone to find a way better to boost morale in the hospital than going all-out for Nurses Week the way All Children's Hospital did! I'm not just talking about free smoothies (which we all hit a weird level of excitement), but an endless supply of makeovers, massages, buffets, motivational speakers, and just genuine appreciation. I think I speak for everyone when I declare: every week should be nurses' week!

Even the patients seemed to behave better…or maybe it was just a byproduct of our happy moods.

But I'm not kidding when I say it was literally a week of smiles and high fives.

I had not one, not two, but three different kids who wanted to give away their own get-well balloons and stuffed toys to patients who they felt needed them more.

I had parents, getting sent home earlier than anticipated, ask if they could donate meals previously purchased to another random family that was in for the long haul. Attached to their meal plan was an anonymous note that just read "Stay strong."

I had the pleasure to discharge one of our long term patients home, and even though he had anxiously waited for this moment he did the coolest thing I've seen a patient do yet:

"He took a victory lap around the floor in his stroller, fedora tilted slightly to the right, bobbing his head to 'Gangnam Style.' It was something out of a movie. We all danced with him the entire way to the elevator, and got to wave and yell goodbye as the doors closed. It felt strangely similar to a finale in a musical."

In a children's hospital, sad stories are never hard to come by, which makes weeks as perfect as this one that much more important to hold onto.

- Marianna