im a nurse with 2 years of experience in intensive care unit and i would like to become a flight nurse
Jan 18, '14
The type of service provided by the flight team will determine the requirements and experience you will need. Never assume the flight company will prepare you fully. What the company will do is take your existing education and experience to build a competent crew member. But, some companies might expect you to fly a 23 weeker just like an adult. You also don't know what you are made of until you have to intubate and stabilize a toddler in flight. For these transports you really hope it is an RN/RN team with one of you having mega kids experience. Learning a few cool skills will not replace 1000s of hours at ghe bedside.
You might consider trying to get on with a hospital specialty transport team. Peds transport offers a great variety especially if the facility does cardiac and ECMO. Hospital based flight teams are great also because you can still keep your ICU knowledge and skills current. Some of the complaints for independent flight companies based at an airport include not being able to stay current and COMPETENT with all the new meds, equipment and protocols.
The team composition will vary depending on the type of services offered and the budget. In Florida and California you will find several RN/RN teams. In Michigan, RN/MD. In Maryland you will have the State Troopers' helicopter with a Trooper who is also a Paramedic. Some places will have FD based helicopters.
Last edit by TraumaSurfer on Jan 18, '14