A military flight nurse work for the Continental United States as senior medical officers for the aero-medical evacuation teams.
These nurses perform all of the same job tasks of a civilian flight nurse, however unlike civilian flight nurses these nurses operate on military mission which may involve extracting individuals and team members from warzones and other high conflict environments.
Military flight nurses may be called into use during rescue operations or on aero-medical evacuations when ground units are unable to reach an injured person in a timely manner or at all.
This can occur in areas where terrain is increasingly difficult to traverse such as in mountainous terrain or jungles, flooded areas and places that have been hit by an earthquake.
These nurses operate on board a variety of fixed wing and propeller aircraft such as jet airplanes and helicopters.
Fixed wing aircraft vehicles such as jets are often used to transfer patients from one health care facility to another while propeller aircraft such as helicopters are designed to extract patients from a variety of environments such as mountainous terrain, forests, environments where weather may affect ground transportation units and even the battlefield.
During aero medical evacuations military flight nurses are in charge of facilitating proper patient care protocols, assessing their illness or injury, administering medications and ensuring that their patients are comfortable and safe while they are being moved to a nearby health care center.
Military flight nurses are also in charge of the planning and preparation aspects of their missions.
They will check medical equipment, medications and their tools to make sure that they are prepared for a fast and effective evacuation when they arrive at the scene.
Military flight nurses may act as a liaison between the medical team and flight crew to coordinate effective treatment plans and get the patient to the health care facility the best way they can.
In the same way an ambulance team works together to provide care to patients suffering from mental, physical and/or other health related ailments flight nurses work together with a medical team of professionals such as flight physicians, reparatory practitioners and flight paramedics to ensure patients receive the best on board care possible.