Curtis Olson BSN BA RN NRAEMT CEN Curtis Olson is a staff nurse at a critical access hospital north of Lincoln, Nebraska. Previous to this, he worked for 15 years as an emergency department nurse at a Catholic Health Initiatives facility. His experience in the E/R included roles as shift charge nurse, triage nurse, educator, and preceptor. He has degrees in nursing (Diploma 2003/BSN 2010) and English literature (1985). He completed the Paramedic certification training at Creighton University in 1998 and passed the Certified Emergency Nurse exam in 2007. Olson’s prehospital medical experience includes two years as a volunteer EMT-B with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC and a year as a paramedic-firefighter with Lincoln Fire & Rescue. He currently holds an inactive national registry as an Advanced EMT. He has taught extensively on emergency and medical topics to citizen and workplace responders, and to nurses and EMS providers at national and state conferences, including presentations at six national Emergency Nurses Association conferences. Olson is a certified instructor in ENA’s Trauma Nurse Core Course and has been an ACLS and PALS instructor. He also teaches NCLEX review courses for Hurst Review and has guided participants in Teleflex cadaver labs. He coordinates the Nursing/EMS continuing education program at Saunders Medical Center. Before working in healthcare, he worked as a writer, editor, bookstore manager, and coffee shop barista.