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Name: Flight Nurse
Description: Involves emergency and non-emergency air/surface transport of ill and injured patients. This includes interfacility transport and emergency "scene calls" for trauma and medical emergencies
Practice roles: Patient care giver, educator/trainer, administrator, researcher
Characteristics: Very challenging work with high level of acuity, work with a diverse patient population
Drawbacks: Very physically demanding work. Many mundane, routine tasks to be performed during "quiet" times
Desirable skills: Three to five years critical care experience, excellent physical conditioning
Education: RN with Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification (ACLS) and usually Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification (PALS). Additional training and certification often required
Employers: Trauma centers and other acute care facilities, public and private transport companies and the military
National Flight Nurses Association (NFNA)
9101 E. Kenyon Ave., #3000
Denver, CO 80237
Board of Certification for Emergency Nurses
Same address and phone as NFNA