What career path ?

  1. I am an RN in L&D, high risk. I have 13 years experience as an Aircraft Dispatcher for a major airline and a private pilot license. Why can't I find a job that uses all those qualities? Do you think perinatal flight nurse is as close as I can get?
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  3. by   rnoflabor2000
    I am very disheartened. Does anyone out there have any thoughts about this?
  4. by   mattcastens
    Probably. But realize that there really isn't a field as "perinatal" flight nurse. It's experience that will come in handy, but a majority of flight nursing is adult focused, either critical medical or trauma. Certainly your L&D experience will be a bonus when your specialized population is being transported, but that will be few and far between.

    Also realize that as a flight nurse you simply will not be allowed behind the controls. Sorry.

    Good luck, though, in finding your niche.
  5. by   traumarns
    hi,
    our air life program uses high risk ob nurses to go to rural areas, and help deliver high risk babies, or transport the pt to a larger hospital.
    you may want to contact your local air life, flight for life whatever it is called company and see if they have openings for high risk ob nurses.
    good luck to you
  6. by   rnoflabor2000
    Thanks traumarns, I have looked into it. Of course some of these jobs you have to wait until a nurse retires or dies (sorry but true) to get a position!

    Matt, I heard the trend now is to cross train the adult flight nurses to do OB, have you heard that as well. I just remember the looks on the ER nurses when they got a pregnant women! Like, OH NO, what do we do!!!
  7. by   mattcastens
    Originally posted by rnoflabor2000
    Matt, I heard the trend now is to cross train the adult flight nurses to do OB, have you heard that as well. I just remember the looks on the ER nurses when they got a pregnant women! Like, OH NO, what do we do!!!
    Absolutely! But it's still not anywhere near the majority of flights. I'm just warning you not to get into flight nursing with the thought that more than, say 5%, of the flights will be OB related.
  8. by   rnoflabor2000
    Thanks again, Matt.

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