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Nursing care up in the air, all over the world

2019 National Nurses Week Profile of Air Force Captain Warren A. Carter 2019 National Nurses Week Profile of Air Force Captain Warren A. Carter

Air Force Capt. Warren A. Carter

Operations element chief/flight nurse examiner
Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii


I knew I wanted to be a nurse when I worked as a paralegal with Air Force and Army nurses on a pending court case during my first deployment to Afghanistan, in 2007.  Their professionalism inspired me to change careers so I could help save lives.

I joined the military because I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my oldest brother, who joined the Air Force during my senior year in high school. He described all the amazing opportunities for school and career advancement, not to mention travelling all over the world. I was immediately sold!

The best thing about my job is being with my patients as they're transported all over the world – literally.

My most prominent memory of being a nurse is my first day on the job. Thinking about being a part of a profession so rich in history and tradition was almost overwhelming. I was excited, fearful, and honored. I'm continually reminded of this honor every day when I’m caring for patients, mentoring junior nurses, or training with flyers for upcoming aeromedical evacuation missions.

I was most challenged when I was assigned to care for an enemy combatant. The nursing code of ethics guided me to properly care for this patient, resulting in a positive health outcome for him.

My most memorable patient experience was caring for our brave men, women, and allied forces during multiple deployments. I find my work extremely rewarding and meaningful.

When I'm not in uniform, I'm spending quality time with my wife and our 2-year-old daughter.

My nurse superpower is my ability to communicate effectively with other health care professionals as well as patients and their family members. I include humor, when appropriate, with positivity.

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