When it comes to scheduling and hours for those who perform aero medical duties in the flight nursing industry hours and pay depend on factors associates with that flight nurses particular organization such as where the flight nurse is located, the number of competing hospitals in the area, the average number of calls their unit receives on a daily/weekly basis, overall staff size and many other varying factors that play a role in influencing the number of hours a flight nurse is able to work on a month to month basis, however there are a decent number of health care organizations that require flight nurses to operate on 2 to 4 (24 hour) shifts on a per week basis.
Flight nurses who would like to earn additional income may decide to work an additional shift or two at their hospital or health care center as a registered nurse or in emergency care.
Some hospitals offer flight nurses who put in additional time at the emergency room bonus pay for the extra commitment and effort they are putting into their work.
When it comes to salary experienced flight nurses are usually able to negotiate increased pay with their employer and some flight nurses have even stated seeing increases as much as 33.3%.
The amount of increase a flight nurse may see in his/her salary is based on a number of factors.
Experience, education, training, the demand for flight nurses in a particular area and the flexibility of the employer in regards to paying a higher salary all play a big role in determining what type of increase a flight nurse may receive.
In the end it really depends on how much a health care facility is in need of qualified flight nurses and what that flight nurse can bring to the table.
It’s a combination of supply and demand mixed with education and talent that are often the predictors of salary and available hours.