A flight nursing is the field of nursing also known as a transport nurse who is trained to provide medical services to patients in aircraft transportation. A flight nurse is an important member of a team including physicians, medical providers, flight medics and flight nurse to rescue flights and provide their services in emergencies (Phipps, 2017). Flight nurses perform their duties in both military and civil environments. Flight nurses need to earn a nursing degree and become a licensed flight nurse.
First official flight nurse training started in 1943 at Bowman Field college, offered bachelor degree with major in flight nursing.
Scope of Flight Nursing
Flight nursing is an emerging field because of the attractive salary and other benefits.
However, it is a challenging job requires high skills, flexibility to adjust and able to work in emergencies.
Educational Background for a Nurse
Flight nurse requires a 4-year bachelor degree in nursing or 2-year associate degree in nursing. Some international certifications help a candidate to get flight nursing job.
Job Description of Flight Nurse
To rescue patients before hospitalization and provide post-hospital care.
To follow the clinical and flight protocols. Flight nurses can work for both military and civil aviation (Newton, 2016).
Flight nursing is an emerging field and nursing professionals are attracted to this field because of its high remuneration and its nature. However, it is a challenging job it requires some extra skills and expertise.
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Phipps, Marcy. “Home for Christmas: Flight Nursing and the Symbols of Hope.” AJN The American Journal of Nursing 117.12 (2017): 68.