While there are no specific overall weight limits for flight nurses different hospitals and/or organizations may have their own weight limit requirements.
Factors such as the plane’s cabin space, engine, occupancy count and frame structure may affect whether or not a flight nurse of a particular weight and size can comfortably work that type of environment, and may play a big factor in determining whether or not a registered nurse is able to work as a flight nurse for that hospital or health care organization if their weight becomes a limitation of their ability to properly care for the patient.
Not only is the nurse responsible for his/her own safety but also that of the flight crew and patients therefore he/she may not be accepted if they are over the weight requirement assigned by an employer.
Some locations have suggested that they prefer their nurses to weigh under 200 – 250 pounds (fully clothed) but it varies depending on where you apply, however height may play a bigger role in whether or not a potential flight nurse is likely to get hired.
Because flight nurses need to manuever around easily in an often small aircraft their size and height are extremely important.
The taller a flight nurse is the more difficult it will be for him/her and the other flight nurses to move around, access equipment and provide proper care to the patient on board.
Unfortunately even if a registered nurse is fully qualified to become a flight nurse he/she may be passed over for the position due to his/her weight and/or height.
The best way to find out whether or not you or another individual would qualify for a position as a flight nurse due to height/weight restrictions would be to contact your local hospital/health care organization and ask them what type of physical requirements they have for those interested in becoming flight nurses.