Lifesaver Extraordinaire: From Firefighter to Charter Nurse

George Henry’s story
Emergency Room Nurse

“Nursing has given me the freedom I enjoy and the excitement I want in a career.”

From transporting critically ill patients by ambulance to traveling the country caring for patients, George Henry has been on the move in his nursing career. He may have been destined for this exciting career path as a nurse. Ever since his high school days when he volunteered as an emergency medical technician and firefighter, George has had jobs that give that adrenaline rush of excitement. After working in the U.S. Navy as a medical corpsman in a naval hospital and on board a ship, he moved to Vermont and received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Vermont.

George graduated from UVM and met his wife, also a nurse, while working in a medical intensive care unit. The pair began their life journey together as travel nurses, first in Philadelphia then moving on to Orlando and Albany. George and his wife enjoyed the freedom and opportunity to explore different areas that life as travel nurses provided. After their travels, George settled down (just a little!) and returned to Burlington where he worked in the surgical intensive care unit and the emergency department at the UVM Medical Center for ten years.

In 2001, George got the travel bug once again and began working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the cardio-thoracic intensive care unit, caring for patients after heart surgery. He taught patients about changing their eating and exercise habits, decreasing stress and quitting smoking, to help them lead longer, healthier lives.

Today George works as a nurse on the UVM Medical Center Coordinated Transport team transporting patients by airplane and ambulance. This fast-paced job requires George to think on his feet as he transports patients in critical condition in and out of hospitals. He also works in the ER at night at Copley Hospital.

And if the excitement from his nursing career hasn’t been enough, George still finds time to serve as an EMT and volunteer firefighter in the Essex Fire Department. Next year, George and his wife hope to travel with their family to Australia and spend a year in the Outback, because as a nurse, you can work anywhere in the world!

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