Kelley Holdren started her career as a nurse in 1998 at the University of Chicago. Since then, she has gained experience in various adult ICUs and the pediatric ICU to obtain experience for her dream job of becoming a UCAN flight nurse. That dream came to fruition in 2004, and in 2012, Kelley moved from a staff flight nurse position to the Administrative Director/Chief Flight Nurse position. Although she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN), Kelley continues to fly as an active flight crew member. Kelley will often represent UCAN in the community and across the nation by teaching and speaking at local, regional and international air medical conferences.
Kelley became involved in her national professional organization, the Air and Surface Transport Nurse Association (ASTNA) in 2016. Throughout her seven years on the ASTNA board of directors, Kelley has served a few different positions such as Director at Large, Secretary / Treasurer, President-Elect and, currently, President.
Industry voice: Continuing your critical care transport training
Accreditation and continuing education are important for maintaining skills and the latest knowledge of flight nurses. Kelley Holdren, President of ASTNA, explains