Owen, who was recognized for his accomplishment by the
directors of the AACN Certification Corp., was given a
certificate of recognition and had his name published on the
Eligibility for the CCRN certification
includes practicing as an RN for at least 1,750 hours in direct
bedside care of acutely or critically ill patients during the
previous two years and passing a comprehensive CCRN exam.
"It's been fun watching the nursing profession grow and change,"
said Owen. "Things that were complicated 20 years ago are now
commonplace. Every patient we fly is critical or has a strong
potential to become critical, and being certified as a CCRN gives me
the confidence to care for critically ill patients in a challenging
Owen possesses a
bachelor's degree from the
University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the
University of Pittsburgh. He has worked in EMS for 26 years and has
been a nurse for 23 years. Owen is also a certified flight RN.
Evac Lifeteam program director, said she and her crew are
proud of Owen's accomplishment.
"Jack's 20 continuous years of
service as a critical care nurse is an amazing accomplishment, and
one certainly deserving recognition from the national level," she
said. "He is a highly dedicated and professional nurse who always
goes above and beyond to provide outstanding patient care. He is a
great asset to have on staff and has been a leader in the success of
the Springfield Air Evac Lifeteam base."
Erin Thomas, base clinical
lead, who has known Owen since 2006, said she has always been
impressed "with his ability to teach and really deliver the
education to each and every student."
"He is a very experienced
critical care nurse, and it shows through all of his actions,
whether he is teaching or caring for a patient.
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"His knowledge of flight medicine and critical care nursing is
outstanding, and he is dedicated to sharing that knowledge with each
and every one of his crew members too.
"I am honored to work with Jack as a flight crew member, because he
is a true leader in critical care nursing," said Thomas.
Air Evac Lifeteam currently
operates 91 air ambulance bases in 14 states and was the first air
ambulance service in the country to offer a membership program.
Members pay an annual fee and, if they are flown by Air Evac
Lifeteam for life- or limb-threatening medical emergencies, they do
not have to pay for the flight. Memberships are valid throughout Air
Evac Lifeteam service areas, so members are covered while traveling
through Air Evac Lifeteam service areas.
Annual memberships are $50 for an individual, $55 for a couple
and $60 for a household or three or more.
For information about Air
Evac Lifeteam or its services, call 1-800-793-0010 or visit
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