For so many working moms in this state it's hard to find the perfect balance between a demanding job and a demanding home life. We want to introduce you to one of the many women of Careflight (Avera McKennan's Emergency Air Ambulance) who takes pride in taking care of critically ill patients at work and 4 active children at home.
Avera McKennan's Careflight Crew is a somewhat elite group of registered nurses, neonatal nurses, paramedics, and respiratory therapists who all have critical care experience and are specially trained for flight. What is typically considered a male dominated industry is starting to see an influx of females here.
Careflight RN Markie Van't Hul started out in ICU in critical care and decided she wanted to spread her wings out and up.
Markie Van't Hul says, "I have the best job in the world. I help people everyday emergently or going in to rehab. I get to help people and that makes this the best job in the world. In this field we have more autonomy, a closer proximity to patients, we have to make more snap decisions and to me that was exciting aspect of nursing."
When Markie's not caring for life with Careflight, she is caring for her 4 children (a set of triplets age 11 and a 12 year old) which can be very time consuming. On any given day during the summer when she's not at work you'll find her at the ball diamonds cheering on her kids.
We caught up with part of the Van't Hul clan in Larchwood. They live in Hull, Iowa and travel to neighboring communities for league. Kylie pitches and Kelsey plays shortstop. Both are 5th graders and spend most of their summer playing ball, as do all the kids. Riley rounds out the triplets plus they have an older brother Brady who is 12. Mom rarely misses a game which usually means she misses out on a lot of sleep.
Markie says, "I have a crazy schedule. If it weren't for my co-workers I wouldn't be able to do it all. McKennan is my second family. They switch stuff around for me. The ER does, Careflight, the Critical Care Unit all switch stuff around so I don't miss my kids stuff. It's important to have my family as my priority and that's how it is in my household."
A demanding job she loves almost as much as being a mom in demand.
When the Careflight Crew is on duty and not in the air, they work in the ER. They work 12 hour shifts 3 days a week (days and nights). Markie also works one day a week in ICU at Avera McKennan to keep up her critical care skills.