"It's never the same thing," Tripp said of responding to calls. She got into flight nursing because she wanted more of a challenge. Having a different environment is a plus for her. Tripp said she gets to "do what (she loves) and in a helicopter."
Meyers has always had the goal of serving with an air rescue team. This is something she has also worked toward.
Working thousands of feet in the air has its differences, but turbulance is not an issue with the new aircraft.
"This thing powers through it," Winter said. "You don't feel it as much as you would in an airplane." It includes an anti-vibration system to try to allow for a smooth ride, even in windy weather.
Though none of the crew could specify a single, truly specific defining moment in their work with Mercy One, Tripp said that it always nice to see someone they had rescued come back and say hello. Too often, the survival rate of those Mercy One crews treat has higher deaths than rescues.
The best feeling for these crew members is when they see someone they have helped resuming normalcy. It leaves them with the knowledge that they were there for these patients when they needed them the most, and a difference has truly been made by their work.
Cochran said that their situations, as crew members, put them in the situation of the last time a family member will see a loved one alive. Sharing such an intimate moment with these total strangers is a humbling experience, Cochran said. They have the responsibility to do everything they can to help their patients facing dire circumstances, and acting as a "bridge" between family members and patients.