Join Airlift Northwest's Bellingham, WA base as flight nurse (RN2). This opening is for 60% FTE, rotating/variable shifts.
Airlift Northwest, the preeminent medical transport service in the Pacific Northwest, has one mission: to improve health and serve communities by saving lives wherever needed, 24 hours a day - every day.
POSITION: FLIGHT NURSE – Bellingham RESPONSIBLE TO: AIRLIFT NORTHWEST REGIONAL MANAGER AND CHIEF FLIGHT NURSE DESCRIPTION:
The Flight Nurse is accountable for the completion of all Airlift Northwest work assignments. They are responsible for the safety of patients prior to and during transport to medical care facilities. This includes provision of basic, as well as advanced life support measures required to stabilize the critically ill or injured patient. The position requires proficiency in neonatal and pediatric critical care nursing and knowledge of the adaptations necessary for patient management in the aircraft and during flight. The Flight Nurse must also be familiar with aircraft operating procedures and safety practices. The ability to establish positive interpersonal and professional relationships are essential.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Safety is the flight nurse’s first priority. As such, you must comply with all published safety policies and procedures. If you observe an unsafe practice or condition in any aspect of organization, you must initiate reporting and resolution of the issue. This may include submission of safety concern forms to ALNW safety committee.
2. Will actively and positively participate in shift briefings, cabin checklists, debriefings and other procedures.
3. Acquires extensive working knowledge of policies, procedures and protocols related to the Airlift Northwest program.
4. Acquire and maintain strong knowledge base in critical care practice.
5. The Flight Nurse is accountable to the Chief Flight Nurse for adherence to written standards care and ALNW policies and procedures. 6. The Flight Nurse must be able to stabilize and manage patients involved in air transport. This includes field emergency stabilization, ICU inter-hospital interventions, as well as management of specific air medical problems in flight.
7. The Flight Nurse is expected to have knowledge of applicable sections of the Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
8. Selects and prepares special equipment for transport according to patient needs and aircraft used. Is responsible for checking bags, equipment and aircraft prior to departure.
9. Prepares aircraft environment for anticipated patient needs on the outbound trip: 1) oxygen therapy, 2) equipment for airway management, 3) IV fluids, 4) specific medications and 5) other required treatments.
10. On arrival at referring site, introduces transport personnel, assists with and directs stabilization procedures and preparation of the patient for flight. Consults with appropriate medical control. Compiles necessary documents and data to be transported with patient.
11. In-flight, is responsible for delivery of total patient care. The Flight Nurse continually monitors patient status in coordination with another flight nurse, and intervenes as necessary. The Flight Nurse maintains electronic and written records of patient condition and care provided according to established standards and guidelines.
12. The Flight Nurse assists in additional patient care as required on arrival to the receiving hospital. All records and reports are transferred to receiving personnel.
13. After transfer of the patient is complete, the Flight Nurse is responsible for restocking flight bags and aircraft. Equipment must be cleaned and maintained so that it is ready for the next flights. Any problems with equipment, patient management or other agency personnel will be immediately reported to the Airlift Administrator on Call and/ or the Medical Director as appropriate.
14. Completes flight records, computer charting, airway documentation tracking and other quality improvement projects and data collection as required.
15. Participates in any debriefing meeting with Medical Director, Chief Flight Nurse, Nurse Managers and other staff as appropriate when requested.
16. Attends no less than 6 scheduled flight team meetings per year. Is responsible for the information provided in the minutes and educational content of the flight nurse staff meetings.
18. Must maintain currency in all required licensure, certifications, professional certifications, education, skills training and clinical rotations.
19. Participates in teaching and training of orientees.
20. Participates in public education programs and public relations functions. Is responsible for a positive public image of Airlift Northwest at all times while on duty.
21. Will uphold all Airlift Northwest policies and procedures related to Compliance, HIPPA and all applicable federal, state and/or local laws and regulations.
22. Other duties as required.
COMMENT: Extensive training of required skills, altitude and flight physiology and stabilization standards will be provided.
1. Seasonal exposure to extreme cold and heat. Frequent temperature changes from outside to inside.
2. Exposure to noise and vibrations during flight.
3. Exposure to hypoxia during flight.
4. Exposure to high-ionized radiation during flight.
5. Possible exposure to toxic/caustic chemicals during transport of patients who have been exposed.
6. Possible exposure to dehydration, motion sickness, gas expansion, sudden decompression during flight.
7. Possible exposure to undiagnosed communicable disease.
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