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Nurse: “I See Myself As A Patient’s LifeLine”

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July 06, 2018

Jamie Rehm was so determined to become a nurse that she worked two jobs through college – including one as a LifeLine EMT. She recently began her career in the ER at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

There’s an energy that ignites when a conversation begins with Jamie Rehm. She smiles, she includes details and she talks with enthusiasm about her journey to become a nurse.

“I don’t quit. Things may get tough and nursing school was definitely tough, but I don’t quit,” said Rehm, 23, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School. She comes from a long line of nurses – her mom, grandma and aunt, all graduated with nursing degrees from IUPUI. After high school, Rehm was determined to accomplish two things: Become a nurse and complete college debt-free. She recently accomplished both – working two jobs throughout her college career including one as an EMT with LifeLine.

That EMT certification signifies a couple of things for Rehm – the legacy of her uncle, Richard Rehm, and her entry into the ER.

Richard Rehm volunteered with the McCordsville Fire Department. Jamie Rehm remembers hanging out at the fire station as a youngster and trying on her uncle’s gear. When she completed her EMT certification she joined the same fire department. Last year, her uncle died while responding to a fire run.

Rehm joined Lifeline in 2016 with the ground crew working both Critical Care and ALS/BLS transport. “It was the perfect job for a nursing student because while I was waiting for a run, I’d study and then I’d be learning something in class and we’d go on a run and it would become real,” said Rehm. “All the nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, and EMTs were so helpful in coaching me. LifeLine is so unique. It’s such a huge part of the community. It prepared me to become a nurse because it made me more comfortable with the unknown.”

She was so determined to learn all that even on her days off; she requested time in the air with the LifeLine critical care flight crew. And never wanting to miss an opportunity, Rehm joined the crew for a promotion video with 500 Indy car driver James Hinchcliffe.

In nursing school she worked in patient care support at Methodist in organ transplant oncology. She gained valuable on experience but said she knew her goal was to work in the ER.

“When I got bit by the emergency medicine bug I always knew I wanted to be at Methodist and I always knew I wanted to work in the ER,” said Rehm, who will begin her nursing career once she completes her board exams. “Whether it’s working with LifeLine, or Methodist, I’m very proud to part of emergency medicine. We are at our best when others are at their worst. I feel like I’m a LifeLine for my patients because I know what it’s like to be on the other side and to get that call about a family member.”

More about Rehm:

  • She was a 2017 500 Festival princess.
  • She recently took up jiujitsu
  • She has a 4-year-old pit bull named “Hazel.”

-- By T.J. Banes, Associate Senior Journalist at IU Health.
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