Career Awareness

Flight Nurse

Whether it be flying to the scene of a car accident or transporting a critically ill patient to a specialty hospital by helicopter, fixed-wing aircraft or ground transportation, the Flight Nurse or Transport Nurse requires an experienced and skilled professional to make split-second decisions during intense situations. 

 Daily Tasks

The Flight or Transport Nurse delivers care to patients during all phases of air or ground medical transport. The Transport Nurse is expected to fulfill the RN job description in addition to specialty related areas and supervises care delivered by other medical professionals and pre-hospital caregivers. Ultimately, the Transport Nurse is responsible for all assessments, treatments and documentation provided during the entire time the patient is under the care of Medical Transport Services.  

 
 Skills/Talents
Excellent judgement, prioritization and decision making skills, self-disciplined, develop rapport with others, adapt to constantly changing and non-structured environment. 
 
 Work Setting
Scene of traumatic or medical emergencies, ground and air transport to and between medical facilities. Non-structured, constantly changing environment.
 
 Work Hours
Weekday and weekend shifts. Minimum 7 (12 hour) on-call shifts required each month. Must be able to respond to the airport within 1 hour of being notified of a flight. More shifts may be available each month if desired. 
 
 Education
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduate of an accredited school of nursing
  • Must be eligible for or have current state issued RN License/s required issued by employer 
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certifications
  • Current AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal resuscitation (NRP) certification 
 
 Qualifications
  • Meet education, Licensure/Certification requirements
  • Minimum 3 years critical care experience as an RN in the past 5 years
  • Pass pre-work screening exam
  • Current passport
  • Complete Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) Certification prior to 1 year of orientation as documented by the Nursing Education Specialist
  • Be able to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and other resuscitation measures under difficult circumstances
  • Meet and maintain a 250 lb weight restriction in uniform with quarterly weigh-ins to comply with fitness for flight policy
  • Emergency Room (ER) experience preferred
 
 Recommended High School Classes
College prep, computer applications, health sciences, advanced biology, advanced chemistry, advanced math, psychology, communication, English and additional languages, leadership, physical fitness preferred.