Air Force Medic Prepares for Career in Nursing

Published 06/26 2013 03:46PM

Updated 06/27 2013 08:59AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Danielle Francis has spent the last six years as a medic in the United States Air Force.

"I am a search and extraction medic, which is for the Homeland Search and Response Force. If there was a natural disaster, I'd be one of the people that go in and help carry out those patients," said Danielle Francis

Francis graduated from Savannah High School in 2007.

As a medic, she spends her days working at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.

"I'm assigned to the medical group, so I do physical exams and a lot of paper work, and then I'm being switched over and assigned here in July, back to the Homeland Search and Response mission to prepare for any kind of natural disaster," said Francis.

Francis recently returned from San Diego where she helped the California National Guard prepare for a search and recovery evaluation, a test to see how quickly they can respond to a natural disaster.

"We go in, and we have six hours to report here and get everything ready to go, and then we actually have six hours to make it to the site," said Francis.

Francis joined the Air Force to pay for college, where she's currently studying to be a nurse, making her experience as a medic with the United States Air Force come with multiple benefits.

"My favorite thing about being part of the Air Force is being a part of medical and taking care of patients and getting all the training, and preparing myself for my nursing career," said Francis.

Francis also works part time at Heartland Hospital in the emergency room.

Francis plans to retire from the Air Force after putting in at least 20 years. 

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