101 Careers in Nursing

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Flight Nurse/Critical Care
1. Basic description—A flight nurse is a highly trained and experienced critical care registered nurse. The flight nurse works with a flight crew most likely consisting of the flight nurse/paramedic, flight respiratory therapist/EMT-1, and a pilot to transport patients to, from, and between hospital facilities. Flight nurses work in intensive care units, emergency rooms, ambulance companies, and emergency transport facilities.
2. Educational requirements—BSN prepared RN. Must hold current certification as a Certified Flight RN, Certified Emergency Nurse, or Certified Critical Care Nurse and be certified as a Paramedic. Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Advanced Life Support, completion of a trauma nurse core curriculum, and completion of a flight nurse advanced trauma course are needed. Usually requires a minimum of 2 to 3 years of critical care nursing experience. Rigorous ongoing continuing education is necessary to support the extensive knowledge and skills that are expected for flight nurses.
3. Core competencies/skills needed:
Experience in multisystem trauma, neonates, pediatrics, severe burns, acute medical, high-risk obstetrics, and cardiac patients
Prepared to utilize endotracheal intubations, use of chemical paralytic agents, and placement of central venous access via the femoral or subclavian route, surgical airways, pericardiocentesis, needle thoracostomy, and intraosseous access


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