United States, New Jersey
58 years old
A Little About Me
Aeromedical Helicopter Flight Nurse With A Master Of Science In Nursing (MSN), Master Of Business Administration (MBA) In Nursing & Pharmaceuticals/Medical Devices; Juris Doctor (JD) In Law; Doctorate (Ed.D) In Education Specializing In Nursing Education.
Certified Clinical Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) in Trauma & Critical Care Medicine; Juris Doctor (JD) Giving Legal Opinions To Attorneys With Cases In The United States District Court For Medical Malpractice, Pharmaceutical Product And Medical Device Failure Cases. Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN); Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN).
Consultant To A Helicopter Manufacturer (AgustaWestland) For Medical Evacuation (MedEvac) And Search & Rescue (SAR) AgustaWestland AW139 Helicopters; Consultant To Helicopter Medical Interior Manufacturer (AeroLITE) For MedEvac & SAR Helicopters.
Currently A Certified Clinical Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) in Trauma & Critical Care, Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) & Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) Working As A Consultant To An Aeromedical Helicopter Manufacturer, Consultant To An Aeromedical Helicopter Interior Manufacturer, Legal Nurse Consultant Giving Legal Opinions To Attorneys With Cases In The United States District Court For Medical Malpractice, Pharmaceutical Product And Medical Device Failure Cases.
Ten (10) Years Of Experience As A Part-Time Tenured Clinical Nursing Professor With Both A Masters Of Science Degree In Nursing (MSN) And A Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) In Education.
Teaching Nursing Students In A Bachelor Of Science In Nursing (BSN) Program At A Division One Ivy League University.
Clinical Nursing Professor For Eight (8) Senior-Year BSN-Candidate Students In Their Last Semester Before Graduation, Teaching In A Cardiac Care Unit At A Nine-Hundred (900) Bed Hospital, Which Is Also A Level One Trauma Center, Teaching One (1) Day Per Week In A Sixteen (16) Week Fall Semester And Teaching One (1) Day Per Week In A Sixteen (16) Week Spring Semester.
Of The Eight (8) Students That I Taught In Each Semester In A Clinical Setting, I Would Give Them The Opportunity To Rotate For Two (2) Days In The Sixteen (16) Days That I Meet With Them Into The Specialty Units Of Their Choice.
These Speciality Units Consisted Of The Emergency Department, Trauma Admitting Unit, Cardiac ICU, Medical ICU, Cardiac Transplant ICU, Trauma ICU, Cardiac Cath Lab, Operating Room Working With The Anesthesiologists And Perfusionists During Cardiac Transplants, Vascular Interventional Radiology and Interventional Neuroradiology Units, So I Needed To Be Competent In Every One Of These Areas.
In Addition, I Offered The Students An Opportunity To Complete A 16-Hour Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Course If They Were Willing To Stay One Hour After Class On Each Of The Sixteen Days That We Met During The Semester. 98% Of The BSN-Candidate Students That I Taught In A Clinical Setting Took This Offer, With A 100% Course Completing Rating.
Lastly, I Was Also Fortunate Enough To Receive The Clinical Nursing Professor Of The Year Award In Eleven (11) Semesters Of The Twenty (20) Semesters That I Taught At This Ivy League University, And Was Ranked 9.82 On A 10.0 Scale On Average Over Those Ten Years (20 Semesters) By The BSN-Candidate Students That I Taught In The Clinical Setting.
Over the last 20 years, being married to a Nurse, and having a gorgeous and extremely smart daughter who is Junior in High School, ranked #2 of 640 students in her graduating class, who also wants to be a Nurse Practitioner - but would NEVER consider doing what her Father does in trauma and critical care nursing, as a Flight Nurse (and sometime just as a passenger) as a Nurse Practitioner in a helicopter that is the size of a bus that barely fits on helipads or helidecks, flies at 167 knots (193 mph) with a range of almost 600 miles.
However, as the Nurse Practitioner, I'm the Senior to the Flight Paramedic that I work with, so I get the left front seat next to the pilot, when we don't have a patient onboard, on the way out to scene calls (accidents, etc.) or interfacility transports (hospital to hospital) on the new-generation AgustaWestland AW139 aeromedical helicopter loaded with all new state-of-the-art safety equipment, and it's my responsibiliy to work with the Pilot to ensure aircraft and aircrew safety - Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Doppler Color Weather Radar With 150-mile range and 0-10,000 foot altitude on a lateral mode to guage thunderstorm height, updrafts and any rotation, Night Vision Goggles Mounted On Our Kevlar Flight Helmets That Have 3 Different Faceshields For Daytime Flying (Dark Tinted, Yellow and Clear), Precision GPS (+/- 4 feet) loaded with the exact coordinates of anything higher than 50 feet anywhere we fly so we don't fly into it, that also could allow the pilot to put the helicopter dead in the middle of a ground helipad without even touching the controls.
It also has a radar altimeter with laser drop - turn it on and the helicopter will hover in the EXACT SAME POSITION without the pilot ever putting a hand any of the controls, and a combination of a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) that can see any heat signatures (people, antenna towers, electrical wires, etc.) over three miles away and a gyro-stabilized camera that can read a license plate from a mile away.
Started photography in the third marking period of my Freshman year of High School as an elective "just for the heck of it", since I had a schedule opening, had an extremely great instructor, who was definitely a "little left of center" in a fun way and actually started loving it about halfway through the marking period. Continued and took two photography electives in my Sophomore year, two photography electives in my Junior year and two photography electives in my Senior year of High School. Completed a 12-week Summer Advanced Nikon DSLR Training course at their Corporate headquarters, with travel, room and board paid by Nikon after winning a "Nikon For Young Photographers" contest. Trained under, and lived with, the family of a world-renowned photographer of Greek landscapes, culture and scenery for two entire Summer breaks between my Sophomore and Junior undergraduate years and between my Junior and Senior undergraduate years of College on a scholarship from the University. Currently shooting with Nikon, Canon and Sony Alpha DSLR cameras, as well as Nikon and Kodak compact digital cameras.
My Dream - Why Visit Or Live In Greece ??
After spending months during two Summers while in College, being mentored under a scholarship paid by my Undergraduate University, by one of what I consider the best photographer in the World, who lives, works and loves being a Greek citizen. More importantly, I was taken in by he and his family and treated like a member of his family.
Over that 20 years, we have vacationed in Greece 12 times and were welcomed with open arms by the Greek families who treated us as though we were THEIR FAMILY -- and tolerated the 12,000+ photos that I took while there, and of those photos, I would consider less than 100 that I would care to say are good.
Our dream is to retire to Greece, and we would love to live in Santorini - WHERE YOU CAN'T TAKE A BAD PHOTO (that's really not the truth because I've really only kept less than 1% of the photos taken on Santorini).
The bottom line - even without the photography - the Greek community treated our family better than any other place we have ever been.