Life Flight Nurse.
- Minimum of five years of ICU/ED/Trauma experience within the last ten years.
- Previous flight experience preferred.
- Flight experience can be substituted year for year for the ICU/ED/Trauma requirement.
- Current license and/or certification as listed below:
- RN license as appropriate to assigned location
- Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification
- Transport Professional Advanced Trauma Course (TPATC) or Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum (TNCC) certification. Must have successfully completed the TNATC course prior to assuming independent duties; thereafter either TNATC or TNCC (or equivalent) must be current
- Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) or Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) until certified as a Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN)
- Must obtain certification as a CFRN within one year of hire
- Completion of Department of Transportation Air Medical Curriculum within six months of hire
- Complies with weight restrictions (maximum 225 pounds fully outfitted to perform the job)
- Strong leadership skills and ability to communicate and work with a variety of people one-on-one and in large groups, often in highly stressful situations
- Ability to work varied shifts and cover fixed wing call shifts
Responsibilities of a Flight Nurse
A flight nurse works as a part of a team of aeromedical evacuation personnel aboard airplanes and helicopters. Their role is to provide nursing care and management in-flight for patients of all types. They are also responsible to assist in preparation and planning for missions requiring aeromedical evacuation.
One of the main goals of a flight nurse is to administer patient care and ensure safety and comfort. After evaluating the needs of patients during a flight, the nurse can see to it that the proper equipment, supplies and medications are provided as they are needed. The care is given during the entire course of the flight until the destination is reached.
Another important duty of a flight nurse is to be a liaison for operational and medical aircrews. In instances where a medical physician is not present, initial emergency care can be performed by the flight nurse. The training necessary for this career includes hemodynamic support, mechanical ventilation, vasoactive medications and a variety of training relating to intensive care.
A flight nurse is generally a career position for registered nurses who are highly trained to administer all-encompassing critical care, emergency and pre-hospital care for patients of all kinds during rescue operations or aeromedical evacuation on board jet aircraft, propeller aircraft or helicopter. To assist flight nurses, flight paramedics may accompany them and work in conjunction with their duties. A full medical flight team may include Flight physicians and respiratory practitioners as well.