Michelle Smith, R.N.
Registered Nurse for Transport, Children’s Medical Center
WHAT SHE DOES: Jets, helicopters and ambulances are all part of her daily work routine. But she’s not just along for the ride; she’s responsible for caring for patients – often in critical condition – as they’re being transported from another hospital to Children’s.
JETLAGGED: “People laugh because we’ll regularly say we’re jetlagged,” she said. Most transport trips only take a few hours, but “we go back and forth so much on those short flights that it throws you off.”
AFFIRMATION FOR PARENTS: “I’ve been doing this for 12 years now, and there isn’t any situation that I look back on and say, ‘I don’t think we knew what we were doing.’”
NOT A VAMPIRE BUT NOCTURNAL: Usually works four shifts a week, each from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. “I sleep when I get home until about 1 or 2 p.m. I have blackout curtains and personally think they’re required.”
A JOB WORTH REFLECTING ON: Being a Transport nurse requires so much focus and intensity that Smith said she rarely gets caught up in the emotions of the moment, but “Sometimes, after it’s all said and done, you look back on it and realize, ‘I helped save someone’s life today. That’s really cool.”
Helping kids is so pure. They have no agendas.”