2017 Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS

Carolyn Book

CSEMS would like to recognize Carolyn Book with the 2017 Award for Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS.

Carolyn began her nursing career at the University of Virginia Medical Center in September 2001 as an ICU nurse working in the Nerancy Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. Carolyn transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington in 2003 to also work in Nero intensive care.

Since February 2005 Carolyn has served as a Certified Flight Nurse with PHI Air Medical, flying out of Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport aboard Air Care 5. Carolyn provides responsible and safe transport of both adult and pediatric patients requiring time sensitive care. Carolyn is known for her excellent patient care skills, patient advocacy, ems educator and an advocate for provider mental health.

She has assisted with the revision and development of patient care guidelines for patient’s experiencing neurological insult for both trauma and medical and authored the PHI Air Medical Internal Flight Nurse and Flight Paramedic test review chapters on neuro anatomy, neuro assessment, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

In an effort to reduce trauma related incidents amongst teens, Carolyn developed a community based high school interactive lecture centered around safe driving practices. She has collaborated with the City of Staunton Police and Fire Department to develop and initiate an auto-launch protocol to ensure timely transport of trauma patients to definitive care.

Carolyn can frequently be found sharing her wealth of knowledge with other members of public safety as a guest lecturer and has served as a presenter at numerous EMS educational conferences, CE weekends and the Virginia EMS Symposium.

Above all Carolyn is an advocate for provider health. Carolyn serves as a member of the national PHI Air Medical Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) responding to critical incidents to provide peer support and is responsible for assisting with developing CIRT team goals. Carolyn has presented her keystone lecture “Be Your Brother’s Keeper” not only to many agencies from the CSEMS region, but to agencies throughout the Commonwealth. Carolyn frequently can be found checking in on local providers throughout the region after a critical incident to offer her support.

Carolyn’s devotion to both nursing and EMS at the local, regional, state and national level are exceptional and greatly appreciated.

Award Background:

This award is open a nurse who exemplifies outstanding service in emergency medical services; knowledge and performance of EMS nursing skills; and high standards of cooperation and leadership with other EMS personnel and agencies. Highest consideration is given to performing a nursing role in a hospital or clinical setting such as precepting or quality assurance programs.