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. The float RN will work at all bases and maintain proficiency to include specialty bases. The specialty requirements will include the knowledge and skills to transport patient requiring ECMO and balloon pump and cardiac assist devices.
1. Nursing License in good standing
2. Graduated from an accredited nursing school.
3. BSN Preferred
4. 5 years’ experience in a critical care, emergency department or specialty care areas. Previous ALNW experience preferred.
5. Patient transport experience preferred.
6. Excellent Physical health with full use of all extremities and no lifting limitations. No vision limitations or hearing deficit. Excellent mental health with the ability to cope with extreme emotional and physical stress.
7. Conforms to current guidelines for weight.
8. Adherence to dress code
9. Adherence to all policies and procedures.
10. Refrain from drug/alcohol use 12 hours prior to shift start.
11. Special skills: advanced clinical assessment, prioritizing and stabilization skills. Ability to communicate well and promote a positive interpersonal relationship with patients, families, healthcare, and aviation professionals. Desire to promote and maintain a favorable public opinion of the flight program.
12. Two-year commitment to Airlift Northwest.
13. Current passport prior to hiring, Carrying of passport during all shift/transports.
14. ACLS, PALS, NRP current prior to hire, trauma course to be provided and maintained.
15. Advanced nursing certification required prior to hire.
16. CFRN required after one year of employment.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Safety is the flight nurse’s 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: 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.
17. Must maintain currency in all required licensure, certifications, professional certifications, education, skills training, and clinical rotations.
18. Participates in teaching and training of orientees.
19. 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.
20. Develops proficiency in the use of radios and giving short reports.
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.
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
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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