How much do you make as a flight nurse? - page 3

by MrsRitchie

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It's what I want to do anyway (eventually) but just curious if anyone knows of a good resource where I could find this information.... Read More


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    The hourly pay rate for FN is no different than a regular staff Nurse where I work.
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    Have worked for a non-profit and large corporate airmedical transport doing both FW and RW for more than 12 years. Management and line nurse. Been a nurse for 15 years with much experience in ED, ICU, PICU, Cardiology. No raise in over 5 years and a nurse 2 years after graduation with no EMS experience, after 6 months would be making the same as I 25.00 per hour. The pay SUCKS. (part of this is the company I worked for)I never did it for the pay. But I did have to keep another job just to make ends meet and support my lavish life style I became accustomed to. lol I have recently left air medical and now back at the large university hospital I started with doing PICU transport mainly ground but some air. I love it and dont really miss flying. Bottom line you dont take a flight job for the pay.
    Good luck and do your research on the safety of the program, dont just jump on the first job you come along if their safety isnt number one!
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    In 1993 when I began flying for a 24 hour shift (just to show up basically) $200.00/day plus extra "flight pay" for each flight. I learned never to accept what I was offered. When my contract came up for reveiw I asked for $300.00/24hr plus flight pay and milage, since I worked in very remote areas. You need to understand what you are offering a flight company. Also, reimbursement for your acls, pals,etc. etc. Don't be shy because you want this job so badly, that's when you usually take what they offer, and then you might regret. Bargin from a position of strength. If your going to do ground, tell them you expect the same rate of pay. As of this minute I'm sure flight nurses make more today.
    You need to understand how dangerous and challenging this job is, and you have to be on the money at 3am as if it were 3pm. As the RN your going to call the shots, because you have no way of communicating with a doc. When you take your advanced course for flight nurses you will learn to intubate, place a subclavian line, put in a chest tube etc. It's a great job, fun, exciting and as I said dangerous. Good Luck! fltnrse2
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    In 1993 when I began flying for a 24 hour shift (just to show up basically) $200.00/day plus extra "flight pay" for each flight. I learned never to accept what I was offered.&nbsp; When my contract came up for reveiw I asked for $300.00/24hr plus flight pay and milage, since I worked in very remote areas.&nbsp; You need to understand what you are offering a flight company.&nbsp; Also, reimbursement for your acls, pals,etc. etc.&nbsp; Don't be shy because you want this job so badly, that's when you usually take what they offer, and then you might regret.&nbsp; Bargin from a position of strength.&nbsp; If your going to do ground, tell them you expect the same rate of pay.&nbsp; As of this minute I'm sure flight nurses make more today. <br>You need to understand how dangerous and challenging this job is, and you have to be on the money at 3am as if it were 3pm. As the RN your going to call the shots, because you have no way of communicating with a doc. When you take your advanced course for flight nurses you will learn to intubate, place a subclavian line, put in a chest tube etc. It's a great job, fun, exciting and as I said dangerous.&nbsp; Good Luck!&nbsp; fltnrse2&nbsp;
    Last edit by fltnrse2 on Jan 2, '12 : Reason: duplicate
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    Flight nurse positions are coveted by many, attained by few. So many folks are reluctant to talk clear $$ and .cents. Obviously the local job market for RN's is the starting place. Unles you work for a University sponsored system or really well known tertiary care facility you can safely figure that the flight nurse will make about 1/3 less than a comparable ED or ICU hospital nurse. That is base salary. Yes flight nursing can usually make up some of the difference with overtime (Why do so many flights come in just before change of shift...ugggghhh!?)
    Obviously salary is not the upside to most flight programs. The upside is there in autonomy, work fewer shifts/month scheduling, lots of additional training opportunities, usually less bull#$!! than hospital nursing.
    Like anything, your milage may vary. You better play well with others, be able to handle some whack hours and fatigue levels, and can cope with a fair amount of situational craziness.


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