Flight nurse?

  1. Is there anyone on here that is a flight nurse? I'm looking to get advice from someone who is because I want to be one myself and possibly paramedic on the side part time? I don't know. I'm curious on how to get there and any tips on the matter.
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Moved to flight nursing
  4. by   Vona86
    I just got commissioned in May and my first UTA is July 16th. What information would you like to know?
  5. by   Guy in Babyland
    From an old thread on the subject

    Quote from Guy in Babyland
    Prior to active flight status, all medical personnel must have the following current certifications and must maintain them in a current status.
    FLIGHT NURSES
    Minimum 3 years current critical care experience
    State RN license (Must have license for states served)
    BLS (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
    ACLS (American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
    PALS (American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
    PHTLS (National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Pre-Hospital Trauma Life support
    All nurses are required to hold an advanced certification (CFRN, CEN, CCRN) within 2 years of hire.
    Additional State Specific Requirements
    Illinois
    Registered Nurses are required to obtain within (6) months of hire, and maintain provider status for the following:
    TNCC (Emergency Nurses Association Trauma Nursing Core Course OR
    TNS (Trauma Nurse Specialist)
    Texas
    Registered Nurses are required to obtain within (6) months of hire, and maintain provider status for the following:
    Texas State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification
    Tennessee
    Registered Nurses are required to obtain and maintain within one year of hire the following:
    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license and
    Either a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), or
    Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN)
    Arkansas
    Registered Nurses are required to obtain and maintain prior to hire the following:
    Arkansas State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification
    Kentucky
    Registered Nurses are required to obtain and maintain prior to hire the following:
    NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program)
  6. by   Vona86
    Fortunately, much of this has changed. You only need one year of experience (not ICU) AND can only have BLS and ACLS.
  7. by   Sirena_615
    Do you need to become a paramedic and a nurse to be a flight nurse? I was originally under the impression you had to be both
  8. by   chare
    Quote from Vona86
    Fortunately, much of this has changed. You only need one year of experience (not ICU) AND can only have BLS and ACLS.
    I'm curious as to where this is.
  9. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Vona86
    Fortunately, much of this has changed. You only need one year of experience (not ICU) AND can only have BLS and ACLS.
    Are you referring to military flight nursing or civilian? Because if you're talking about civilian I don't think you're information is accurate. At least I really, really hope not.
  10. by   Vona86
    Sorry I didn't clarify but I am speaking about the Air Force Reserves. I am based out of Wright Patterson AFB. I only had 1 year of experience (on a Med-Surg flood) when I started my process. It took a year and 2 months from start of the application to being sworn in. I have a BSN (which is required to be commissioned).

    Awesome thing is that they will pay for all of these certifications and pay me to maintain them!
    Last edit by Vona86 on Jul 14, '16 : Reason: More info
  11. by   Chissa0202
    Hello,
    Are you in reserves? I am taking Tech school( as 4NO enlisted)in Ft Sam Huston. I have 3 yeas of Med Surge and Teley experience and BSN. I would like to apply for comission when I am back to WPAFB.I have questions, If you do not mind, could you PM me?

    Thanks
  12. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Vona86
    Sorry I didn't clarify but I am speaking about the Air Force Reserves. I am based out of Wright Patterson AFB. I only had 1 year of experience (on a Med-Surg flood) when I started my process. It took a year and 2 months from start of the application to being sworn in. I have a BSN (which is required to be commissioned).

    Awesome thing is that they will pay for all of these certifications and pay me to maintain them!
    Thanks for the clarification and a big congratulations on your commission. What an exciting time for you! Although I have never been in the military in my research I have found there are significant differences between a military flight nurse and a civilian one which explains the differences in requirements for hire. The civilian flight nurse role would be more in line with the CCAT team role (minus the physician) and I'm guessing you need a bit more experience to be part of the CCAT.
  13. by   dobi66
    This is a great site to gain information. Prior to posting a question I usually do a search to see if anyone had previously answered my question. This particular question has been asked and answered several times. Do you have a question that has not already been answered in a previous post? Many people have shared numerous tips on this subject which can be found using the search function.
    Last edit by dobi66 on Jul 14, '16
  14. by   Vona86
    Definitely!

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