Flight Nursing

What it Takes to Be a Flight Nurse

Flight nurses, also referred to as transport nurses, provide emergency care to patients while en route to a hospital via helicopter or aircraft. During transport to the healthcare facility, flight nurses help manage the patient’s treatment and safety. Flight nurses often aid in emergency evacuation and disaster situations as well. They work together with flight medics, flight physicians and/or respiratory practitioners as part of a critical care transport unit. Flight nurses are trained in administering vasoactive medications, hemodynamic support and mechanical ventilation. They are required to have at least five years of critical care experience before entering the field.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • WORK FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS IN A CRITICAL CARE SETTING
  • EARN ADVANCED CERTIFICATION (ACLS, NRP, OR OTHER)

$58,000 - $90,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Aiding in the evacuation and treatment of victims of natural disasters, car accidents, or other emergencies
  • Working with the in-flight critical care team to assess the patient’s condition
  • Ensuring the patient’s treatment and safety during the flight to the healthcare facility

Education Requirements

Nursing diploma, ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospital aircraft
  • Corporate aircraft
  • Military transport flights
  • Government aircraft

 

Certification

RN, plus Critical Care Certification, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)