Meet a few of our Flight Nurses

Flying Nurses International has over 30 critical care and emergency medicine registered nurses who are licensed and actively practice within the United States. Our nurses are required to maintain nursing employment in the field of emergency medicine and undergo specialized training in aviation physiology, airline logistics and aircraft safety specifically geared to our program.


Brenton Hart, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 2010
Graduated from nursing school in 2006
Born in Michigan and now reside in Southern California
8 years of experience in Emergency Medicine
Presently employed in the ER of a Southern California hospital. I volunteer in many capacities with Hope Force Int’l Disaster Efforts, most recently with Typhoon in Philippines; Mexico Medical Mission with my church in Orange County.
I am very familiar with helping ER patients in uncomfortable situations which has equipped me to be able to make those with apprehension to fly feel safe and comfortable throughout their travel with FNI. I enjoy FNI because I get to spend more time with my patients and get to know their stories. I value being able to engage with people and have been inspired by so many that have triumphed over their circumstances. Often, I receive useful feedback about a patient’s ER experience and take that knowledge and use it to improve my delivery of care.


Flight Nurse Celia McCann RN

Cecilia McCann, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in Hawaii in 2004
Graduated from nursing school in Ireland in 1980
Have worked in Ireland, Canada, Hawaii, Australia and now New Mexico
9 years in Psychiatry, 18 years in Emergency Medicine in Canada, Hawaii and Australia
Presently employed in Interventional Radiology where I care for critically ill patients during procedures
I thoroughly enjoy working with Flying Nurses because I love the one to one interactions with patients and families and I can do this while travelling which is my life passion.
Thank you for this opportunity Amy!


Flight Nurse Doug Whithed RN

Douglas Whithed, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 2007
Graduated from nursing school in 1999
Born in Boston, raised in Philadelphia where I currently reside
15 years in ICU, trauma, transplant team and emergency medicine
Presently employed as a Nursing Supervisor
I have flown over 150 missions for Flying Nurses and hope to reach 500!
I have found each and every journey to be remarkable in its own special way.


Elizabeth Chumpitaz, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 2009 while living in England
Graduated from nursing school in 2004
Born in Wyoming and currently reside in Georgia
10 years of experience in PACU medicine
Presently employed in peri-anesthesia in a Georgia hospital as well as part-time in plastic surgery.
I have enjoyed every minute of my travels. The kind, professional staff I work with is second to none. The true joy in this line of work is the sense of relief that washes over the face of patients and their families once they arrive and they are heading home. Thank you for this rewarding opportunity~


Flight Nurse Jennifer Gray RN

Jennifer Gray, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 2012
Graduated from nursing school in 1984
Presently reside in Seattle with my husband who is also an RN
30 years in emergency medicine, trauma critical care, EMS flight nursing, transplant nursing , pediatric CVICU. Awards Daisy award, Pierce County, WA nurse of the year 2011.
Presently employed in CVICU
My husband and I both work with Flying Nurses and often compete for the exciting missions that come our way. I am very grateful to the families that allow their trust in our services~


Flight Nurse Kathleen Edwards RN

Kathleen Edwards, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 1999
Graduated from nursing school in 1976, B.A. in 1980
Born and currently reside in Philadelphia
38 years in emergency medicine and endoscopy
Flying Nurses has given me the opportunity to see the world while providing nursing care to those in need. I have been to six continents and over ninety countries.
This has been a wonderful experience~


Flight Nurse Kathy Gower RN

Kathy Gower, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 2013 – Flight Nurse since 2000
Graduated from nursing school 1994
Currently reside in Georgia
20 years in emergency medicine, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatric and orthopedic
Presently employed in emergency medicine
I have a great passion for flight nursing as you can work with the patient and family one on one to safely get them home.
I am so proud to be part of the team of such an excellent and organized company as Flying Nurses! I appreciate their thoroughness with every detail to ensure a safe journey~


Karen Devi, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 2005
Graduated from nursing school in 1993
Born in California where I currently reside
20 years of experience in Critical Care Medicine
Presently employed in Cardiac Critical Care in a Southern California hospital
I am a compassionate healthcare professional with exceptional clinical skills. Working with Flying Nurses I have been able to blend my professional passion with my childhood love of travel. I have flown over 100 successful missions for FNI!


Mark Gray, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 2008
Graduated from nursing school in 1987
Presently reside in Seattle with my wife who is also an RN
27 years trauma critical care and ground transport. Training officer with ground ambulance; Commander, WA1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team; Acting Commander, International Medical Surgical Response Team
Presently employed in critical care transport nursing
I am thoroughly committed to air and ground transport nursing. I have enjoyed every mission with Flying Nurses as I find it very rewarding~


Flight Nurse Michael Nguyen RN

Michael Nguyen, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 2012
Graduated from nursing school in 2004, B.S. in Biology 2001
Born and currently reside in Hawaii
10 years in telemetry, burn unit, respiratory and immunization clinics
Presently employed in ICU/telemetry and burn unit
I am bilingual in English and Vietnamese
Traveling globally while helping patients and families presents exciting challenges! I welcome the opportunity for many more to come~


Michelle Sanderson-Hart, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 2010
Graduated from nursing school in 1989
Born and raised in Southern California where I currently reside with my husband
25 years of experience in Critical Care Medicine
Presently employed in CVTICU at a large California Medical Center
There is no greater reward than stepping off of a plane or opening a car or ambulance door and seeing the relief in your patients’ and their loved ones eyes knowing that they arrived safely. It is truly a satisfying experience and you really get to know the person you are traveling with, which is very rare in our fast paced world. I am very blessed to be a part of the FNI family.


Flight Robert Meierdiercks RN

Robert Meierdiercks, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in Hawaii in 2007
Graduated from nursing school 2001
Born and currently reside in Hawaii
13 years in emergency medicine, ICU, burn unit
Presently employed in Hawaii in ICU/burn unit
Volunteer with Hawaii DMAT since 2008 (Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team)
Favorite location visited: Porto, Portugal
I love helping family’s travel home safely. It is very rewarding~


Flight Nurse Susan Treseder RN

Sue Treseder, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 2012
Graduated from nursing school in 1982, B.S. in Biology 1981
Currently reside in New Jersey
32 years in emergency medicine, ICU, pre/post op, PACU, ground medical transport
Volunteer for Operation Smile and have completed 25 international missions
Presently employed in an emergency department of a level one Trauma Center
I have developed a deep dedication for what Flying Nurses offers their patients
We give them hope and peace of mind in getting them safely home~


Stephen Washuta, RN

Started working with Flying Nurses in 2005
Graduated from nursing school in 1979
Born and raised in Pennsylvania and currently reside in Modesto California
35 years of experience in Critical Care Medicine
Presently employed as Administrative Supervisor of a 396 acute care facility
I am very proud to work for FNI for its focused attention to details, superior clinical and transport knowledge by every Flight Coordinator, and the high quality patient care both on the ground and in the air! I have completed 35 safe missions to both domestic and international locations.