Chief Flight Nurse
Cathy Cavinaw came to Providence Air Ambulance (PAA) with a wealth of experience in critical care nursing that includes many years as a flight nurse. Cathy’s work took her into Northern Manitoba and Nunavut, including the Arctic. Based in Rankin Inlet (NU) at one time and Thompson (MB), her role included transporting patients from remote communities to larger centres able to provide a higher level of care. Cathy has also worked in the international air ambulance realm transporting patients by air ambulance and commercial aircraft travelling around the world.
Cathy joined PAA in 2016 as a medical crew member flight nurse and quickly brought her knowledge and experience to the forefront as she engaged with our staff and operations team with enthusiasm and an obvious passion for the work of aero medicine.
Cathy accepted our offer to fill the new role of Chief Flight Nurse in March of 2019 while at the same time continuing on with her work as a critical care nurse in the emergency department of Vancouver General Hospital.
Cathy’s nursing education and experience over the past 30 years has included adult and paediatric emergency departments, ICU, NSICU, CSICU, Labour and Delivery, PACU, Anaesthesia, Orthopedics and Neurology. Cathy also has extensive international nursing experience having worked in England, Germany, Ireland and the United States.