Sara Hutchens

Allen College Class of 2015, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Employment History

I’m currently working as a flight nurse with the AirCare Emergency Transport program for the University of Iowa. Before flying, I worked in the emergency department at MercyOne for 3.5 years. I also teach ACLS, PALS, and non-violent crisis intervention part-time.

What led you to pursue your education at Allen College?

After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in 2013, I choose to continue my education at Allen College because I loved the small class sizes that Allen had to offer. The teachers were very hands-on and approachable which made for a great learning environment. The second reason I choose Allen was because of the emphasis they put on community service. During my time at Allen, I had a lot of great opportunities to give back to the community, which I have greatly valued since graduating.

Proud moments or accomplishments?

So far in my career, I think one of my proudest moments was completing my 100th patient flight. There have been many memorable moments, and I’ve learned so much over these last couple years. I’m excited to keep doing what I love.

What led you to your exact career path?

I like to say that my career path started when I was 19. I lived in a small town that was looking for first responders to help with 911 calls. After a short class and an exam, I became a first responder, and two years later I transitioned into an EMT. That beginning sparked my interest in emergency medicine. After graduating from Allen College with my BSN, I went to work in the emergency room. I learn a lot, worked on my advanced certifications, and networked with colleagues. These actions helped me reach my goal of becoming a flight nurse and working with some of the best providers in the business.

Hobbies or interests?

My obvious passion would be working as a flight nurse, but my favorite hobby is being a mom to my 1-year-old daughter, Hayden.

What advice would you give to current Allen College students?

I think the best advice I could give to students is to utilize mentors. Reach out to someone who works in an area that you have interest in and ask them how they got to that position. Mentors can be a great way to help you network and advance in your career. Also, and most importantly, don’t put a ceiling on what you think you can accomplish. There are so many different areas and opportunities in nursing. Find a passion, make a career path, and go for your goals. The sky’s the limit!