Flying Nurses International was formed in March, 1996 by critical care nurse, Amy Bosich. After ten years in trauma ICU, combined with air ambulance flights, Ms. Bosich began to accompany patients on commercial airlines. As a flight nurse, she escorted patients from Hawaii to domestic and international destinations in the early 1990's. She saw the pressing need for professional nursing services in the air that were safe and cost effective for the patient. However, there was no formal program or regulations to follow as a guideline. With her air transport experience, her conservative approach to safety, along with a cost conscious attitude, she gained the trust of the local community in Hawaii and proceeded with the start-up of a medical travel service. In 1996, she formed Flying Nurses of Hawaii as a full time endeavor. By 1999, with increased demands for cost effective transport services, she expanded her staff and geographical locations to become Flying Nurses International, LLC.
Amy Bosich was a true pioneer in the industry of specializing in medical escort services solely on commercial airlines. Since then, her successful program has set the standards for many other start-up companies pursing this option. She continues as President and plays an active role in the management of the business.
Today, Flying Nurses International supports over 500 missions per year using 40 + critical care nurses to travel to any safe worldwide destination. Our nurses are required to maintain nursing employment in the field of emergency medicine and undergo specialized training in aviation physiology and aircraft safety specifically geared to our program.
Amy Bosich, RN, CCRN
Born and raised in Ohio, resided in Hawaii 18 years, presently lives in Florida
One adult son, grandmother of two
ADN: Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital 1986
BSN: Cleveland State University
Founder: Flying Nurses of Hawaii 1996 Expanded to Flying Nurses International 1999
Experience: Trauma ICU, SICU, Nursing Supervisor, Flight Nurse commercial transports and fixed wing air ambulance, Swan Ganz representative and educator, CPR instructor
Other: Paralegal, implemented and instructed legal secretarial courses
Roger Lyle Palmer, MD
Born and raised in southern California, attended USC School of Medicine, graduating in 1996. He moved to Hawaii and completed a residency in internal medicine through the University of Hawaii in 1999. He has functioned as the Medical Director for Flying Nurses International since 2000. Dr. Palmer has specialized in hospital based internal medicine, and is currently, a hospitalist physician at Hawaii Medical Center - East, Hawaii Medical Center - West, and Kona Community Hospital. Dr. Palmer has worked as a diving medical officer at the Hyperbaric Treatment Center, which is associated with the University of Hawaii's School of Medicine, from 1999 to 2003.