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Career Spotlight: Flight Nurses

Alicia Robinson

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    A career in nursing can take you almost anywhere, including the skies! 
    Nurses who are looking for a challenge may want to set their sights on becoming a flight nurse.

    This challenging position is often fast-paced when medevac emergency crews are needed at the scene of trauma and medical emergencies to quickly transport ill or injured patients. Medical flight crews may also transport patients to other medical facilities for treatment that may be unavailable from where the patient is located.


    Where Do Flight Nurses Work?

    A flight nurse may be employed by a trauma center or other types of acute care facilities. They may also find work with private or public medical transport companies. Flight nurses may also serve in the military.

    The average pay for a flight nurse is about $62,450 a year.

    What Kind of Training Is Needed?

    To obtain a job as a flight nurse, you must be an Registered Nurse (RN). You will also need to obtain several certifications including:

    • Basic Life Support (BLS)
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

    At least three to five years of critical care experience is also required to become a flight nurse.

    Demanding, Yet Rewarding

    The routine of a flight nurse can be very physically demanding and stressful. As a flight nurse, you need to remain calm in emergency situations and may be required to lift heavy items and be able to stand for long periods of times. You will work with other medical personnel such as paramedics, doctors and other nurses.

    A major part of your responsibilities will be making sure your patient’s vitals remain stable during the flight and that the patient is kept calm. Additional duties may include:

    • Assessing patient status
    • Administering medications
    • Performing CPR if required
    • Treating patient wounds
    • Recordkeeping

    If becoming a flight nurse is something you think you may be interested in doing in the future, a good place to start is to earn your LVN. This will set you on the path to gain the critical care experience you'll need to meet your future career goals.


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