Just in case anyone wants a fun reading book about flight nursing check out Trauma Junkie: Memoirs of a flight nurse.
It is funny and interesting. I can't wait until I start flying so I can start writing my book!
I took the advice of this thread and got my hands on the book to see if flight nursing was something I would like. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I finished the whole thing in one night. Must read for anyone interested in flight nursing.
Last edit by CainRN on May 2, '07
Well, from my own research into it, (I'm a nursing student) you need at least 3-5 years of ER/Critical Care experience, ACLS, NRP, PALS, all the applicable certifications are preferred as well as certification as an emergency nurse (CEN), critical care nurse (CCRN), or flight nurse (CFRN). Also, I hear that some companies prefer experience as an EMT or EMT-P. They also like to see instructorships in the previously mentioned certifications (ACLS, NRP, PALS, etc.). Seems like an exciting career. I hope my path takes me in that direction one day. Best of luck.
Edit: I realized I didn't answer the question about training. I believe most of the advanced training (intubations, central lines, etc.) is done after you are hired on at a flight program. I may be wrong about this though. Also, if you are interested, there is a Master's program with a focus on flight nursing at Case Western Reserve University. http://flightnurse.case.edu/templates/index.htm
Last edit by CainRN on Apr 29, '07