Flight RNs and Medics - I have some questions

  1. I am a second year RN Student and an EMT of 2 years. I have some questions about becoming a Flight Nurse/Flight Medic.

    1. Are the roles of flight nurse and flight medic interchangeable? I know it's a team deal as RN and Medic and they're equal in the eyes of licensure, with respect to the specialized training they receive in school (really wasn't a good way to say what I wanted there). But will the medic be doing all the major interventions like chest tube insertion and intubation or will the nurse being doing that, or will they both manage care (in other words use the strengths of each other to provide the highest quality care possible).

    2. Do I need both a Paramedic license and an RN license? I already hold an EMT license and I'm almost done with my RN schooling, I have heard that in the state of michigan (where I live) if you hold both you are qualified for a Flight Medic or Flight RN position but I wasn't sure on where to find that information.

    3. Is the call volume high, like can I expect a decent amount of work on a regular basis in any area, fixed wing and helicopter. I work in a high call volume area currently and I enjoy the constant rush

    4. I know this is kind of a shameless question, but I've heard that flight crew staff make a very lucrative amount of money, well into the 6 figure range, and I was just wondering if that is true - you do not need to list numbers.

    I'm sorry if my questions are super odd or badly worded, I was writing this at work, haha.
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  3. by   Wuzzie
    1. It depends on the service. In many the team roles are interchangeable. Some are more strict in defining the scope. I have worked both kinds. I prefer the interchangeable format.

    2. In some states it is required that there be a medic in the back of an ambulance. If the team makeup is RN-RN then one may be required to have their EMT-P. There are certainly parts of medic education that can enhance your knowledge and make you more versatile. Scene management for one. I found the additional education very useful.

    3. The call volume varies from location to location.

    4. Whomever told you that it is lucrative was blowing smoke up your proverbial skirt. For every opening there are dozens of candidates. This has driven down the pay. If it's a hospital based service they generally pay whatever other nurses are making. Occasionally some places offer a bump in pay while you're on a mission (hazard pay) but that is not at all a general rule. The last place I worked had some sort of intermittent insurance policy on each of us. Whenever we went out it activated and would pay THE HOSPITAL 250,000 if we got killed. Nice.
  4. by   NICU Guy
    First you need to graduate nursing school. Then get a job and several years experience in an ER, preferably a Lvl 1 Trauma Center that has transport in house. Next would to get your certifications before applying for a transport position.
  5. by   EmergencyPrepared
    Thank you, this helps out a lot, and I kind of figured the 6 figures was BS myself but I didnt know any flight RNs or flight Medics to ask so I couldn't really deny it.

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