Airlift Northwest has an opening for Flight Nurse, RN2, Juneau, Alaska Base.
*(Re-location assistance offered if re-locating to Alaska for the position).
Airlift Northwest is the premier air medical transport service in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska. We are a not-for-profit entity of UW Medicine. We’ve been serving communities and saving lives since 1982.
We deliver safe, compassionate and exceptional patient care and critical care transport service.
We cultivate unparalleled expertise and share it for the higher good. We support our flight nurses with above-and-beyond training and technology. And we are the bridge between UW Medicine’s leading-edge innovation and those we serve. Airlift Northwest is the crucial link between medical providers and patients, leading-edge research and real-life need, communities and high-quality care—the kind all people deserve.
Airlift Northwest has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services, or CAMTS, since 1997. Airlift Northwest was the first air medical service in Southeast Alaska to receive this recognition. Accreditation means a medical transport service meets a series of industry standards that address issues of patient care and safety.
We partner with hospitals across Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Our UW Medicine affiliation strengthens our care, while at the same time we maintain good relationships with all hospitals in our region. We fly wherever first responders and care providers decide the patient needs to go for care.
Juneau is Alaska’s state capital and is also one of its most beautiful cities, and one of the most visited communities in the state. Downtown Juneau sits snugly between Mount Juneau, Mount Roberts and Gastineau Channel, and is a maze of narrow streets running past a mix of new structures, old storefronts and quaint houses featuring early 19th century architecture left over from the town’s early gold mining days. The waterfront bustles with cruise ships, fishing boats and floatplanes zipping in and out. One of the city’s most iconic sites sits at the edge of a residential neighborhood: Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier sits within the Tongass National Forest – the largest national forest in the United States. Few cities in Alaska or elsewhere offer as many hiking trails as Juneau. Many wind to the face of a glacier or climb above the tree line, where you can overnight in a public-use cabin. Juneau also offers access to some of the region’s top attractions, including Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness Area and Admiralty Island National Monument.
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 the care of critically ill and injured patient across the age spectrum from newborn to the geriatric population 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.
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 from interfacility ICU transports, as well as the 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: a.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. 11.Consults with appropriate medical control. Compiles necessary documents and data to be transported with patient. 12.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. 13.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. 14.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. 15.Completes flight records, computer charting, and airway documentation tracking and other quality improvement projects and data collection as required. 16.Participates in any debriefing meeting with Medical Director, Chief Flight Nurse, Nurse Managers and other staff as appropriate when requested. 17.Attends no less than ½ of the 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. 21.Is responsible for a positive public image of Airlift Northwest at all times while on duty. 22.Develops proficiency in the use of radios and giving short reports. 23.Will uphold all Airlift Northwest policies and procedures related to 24.Compliance, HIPAA and all applicable federal, state and/or local laws and regulations. Other duties as required. 25.Recognition of small work pool assets and extra shift coverage may be requested to ensure aircraft staffing at a variety of bases
COMMENT: Extensive training of required skills, altitude and flight physiology and stabilization standards will be provided.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: 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.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.