Wild Heart Warriors
Tammy L. Premo
RN, EMT, CCT-RN
I am a 43 year old mother, sister and daughter from the Carolinas. I have two grown children that still live in NC. My son is 23 and will be enlisting in the Army in the Spring of 2019. My 20 year old daughter is in college working towards her Master’s in Education.
I was raised in SC and spent every summer in the Cumberland Plateau of TN. I was routinely in stage productions at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, TN. That’s where I found my love of theatre. It was during one of those visits that I was diagnosed with juvenile Leukemia. I was immediately sent to Knoxville, TN and then to Columbia, SC for treatments. I was one of the lucky ones that was able to beat the monster. I was fortunate to have an amazing staff of nurses, which is what inspired me to enter healthcare. After HS, we moved to NC, where I spent the next 17 years.
I have spent 22 years providing bedside healthcare to those in need. In 1996, I became a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked in a variety of facilities ranging from nursing facilities to hospitals. In 2004, I returned to college and in 2008 I graduated with my Associates in Applied Sciences with a degree in Nursing. I began working in an Intensive Care Unit immediately.
In 2010, I embarked on the new career of travel nurse. I have staffed ICUs across the country. It is in these travels that I have discovered that medicine is not only pills and IVs. It’s holistic. Its about the mind, spirit and body. The entire person. I have found that in order to heal one part, all parts must be addressed.
In February 2018, I took my career path in a different direction and started emergency medicine. I work as a Critical Care Transport RN for an ambulance company. I have complete autonomy to treat the patients as I see fit based on their presentation. I am able to sit at their side and help them better understand what is happening and why treatments are being rendered. My final goal is to obtain my Flight Nurse status.
I was privileged to visit Hawaii in April of 2018, and found it to be one of the most exhilarating and healing places close enough to retreat to. There is such a peace on the islands that is rejuvenating for both body and soul. I am proud to be part of this endeavor and am looking forward to lending a helping hand!
Wild Heart Warriors