Michael Turner’s varied career path includes six years as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy; firefighter and paramedic in Kansas; registered nurse in Oklahoma City and Logan County; and certified flight registered nurse. Now, he begins his new role as a nurse practitioner in Mercy Hospital Logan County’s emergency department.
“I found Mercy Hospital Logan County about a year after starting my nursing career and immediately felt that Mercy could fulfill my calling as a registered nurse,” said Turner.
He has worked as a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital Logan County since November 2012 and said it was Mercy’s mission to serve as “the healing ministry of Jesus through compassionate care and exceptional service” that inspired him to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner.
During his Navy career, he was a search and rescue medical technician. In that position, he helped rescue a Blue Angel pilot after he was ejected into the gulf after experiencing engine failure. He said he was also fortunate to help others in emergency situations as a firefighter and paramedic in Wichita, Kansas, and a part-time paramedic in Mulvane, Kansas.
“I have a passion for emergency medicine and I am excited to begin as an advanced practitioner at Mercy,” he said.
Turner received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wichita State University and his master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner from Maryville University in Maryville, Missouri.
He is married with three sons. In his spare time, he enjoys participating with his sons in the Boy Scouts. They are looking forward to an 80-mile, 12-day hike at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico next summer.