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AlainaCTICUMSNRN has 7 years experience and specializes in Critical Care.

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Hi all!  Would anyone be so kind as to tell me the requirements to work as a critical care air transport nurse in the AF Reserve?  Looking for it all, such as height/weight standards for the air craft if any. Years of experience. CCRN required. Along with the training and how long. Please and thank you very much. 

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jfratian has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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You need one year of full-time ICU experience minimum.  That is the bare minimum.  The CCRN would of course be helpful.

You'll also need to be able to manage specific sorts of patients and articulate that in the interview.  You need to be able to manage EVDs, common invasive monitoring, common vasoactive drips, and CRRT.

You'll need to pass a flight physical.  Essentially any medical condition requiring daily meds needs a waiver.  As far as the height/weight goes, you should be able to get a waiver as long as you can pass the AF PT test (Google the standards).

The training is two separate two-week courses in Cincinnati which focus on ICU patient care in flight.  CCATT nurses don't go through the 3 months of flight nursing courses (SERE, ECAC, etc) because they aren't considered air crew.  The flight nurses only take the med-surg patients anyway, so I think CCATT is still the better gig.

 

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AlainaCTICUMSNRN has 7 years experience and specializes in Critical Care.

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On 5/5/2020 at 10:50 PM, jfratian said:

You need one year of full-time ICU experience minimum.  That is the bare minimum.  The CCRN would of course be helpful.

You'll also need to be able to manage specific sorts of patients and articulate that in the interview.  You need to be able to manage EVDs, common invasive monitoring, common vasoactive drips, and CRRT.

You'll need to pass a flight physical.  Essentially any medical condition requiring daily meds needs a waiver.  As far as the height/weight goes, you should be able to get a waiver as long as you can pass the AF PT test (Google the standards).

The training is two separate two-week courses in Cincinnati which focus on ICU patient care in flight.  CCATT nurses don't go through the 3 months of flight nursing courses (SERE, ECAC, etc) because they aren't considered air crew.  The flight nurses only take the med-surg patients anyway, so I think CCATT is still the better gig.

 

Great information! Thank you very much for the reply😀
Sounds like I meet the minimums, 7 years ICU exp - no ccrn but I will go ahead and schedule the test, about time I took it anyway. No medical issues other then getting older😜.  I haven’t mentioned to the recruiter I am interested in CCAT. What are your thoughts on this?  Do you think they will try to discourage at all? Thanks again. 

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jfratian has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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I would be up front with your recruiter on what you want.  In the reserves, you actually apply directly for the job you want.  CCATT is not an additional duty in the reserves; it's your primary job.  CCATT is going to be more likely to deploy and has more associated training than other jobs.  Your total time commitment will be slightly greater than the typical reserves "one weekend per month and 2 weeks per year" deal.

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Nursegrape7000 has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiovascular ICU.

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I spoke to a recruiter about this a few months ago, as I’d like to do the same thing! 🙂 Fortunately the base near me really needs flight nurses, but also has CCAT teams so it was something he asked me about right away. The even the flight nurse training is extensive, and I’m not sure they have updated the website yet, but the initial training is now like 5 weeks, he said something about the AF wanting to extend it further in the future - don’t quote me on that, the recruiter will be a better info source. But, with all the courses required I was looking at 11 - 12 months of training out of state to start. Keep that in mind and good luck!

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