Pre-Hospital nurses care for patients either prior to their arrival at a HCF or during their transfer from facility to facility.
The role tends to model paramedic functions. However, many RN's can do additional skills in the HEMS/transport roles. Skills and practices do overlap frequently.
I am given these "authorities" from my physician medical director and I spend a great deal of time in competency assured requirements.
**I maintain authority at a scene in matters of overall safety and direct patient care.
* I fully assess and stabilize any immediate life threats in a patients condition.
* I can administer a wide range of medication and therapeutic interventions.
* I can electively paralyze/sedate and administer analgesia to a patient that has an impending or actual threatened airway - or a marked ventilation or perfusion derangement.
* I can preform advanced clinical procedures for RN's including intubation/airway management, ventilation management, central line and intraosseous access, place chest tubes, "read" CXR and c-spine films, most CT scans, hemodynamic monitoring and arterial line placement.
being a paramedic - I LOVE
: being a flight nurse.
The difference is about 15-20,000+ salary yearly.
Best job in the world!