Working as a flight nurse is a highly rewarding career.
Knowing that you’re making a difference and saving the lives of others can be very motivating and internally satisfying.
Flight nurse are highly educated registered nurses that are able to perform rescue operations and aero-medical evacuations when all else fails and they are the first ones at the scene of a trauma or emergency situation and the first ones to reach the hospital when their patients need immediate medical attention.
If you think you may be interested in starting a carrier as a flight nurse there’s is a specific you can take to make the process as easy and fluid as possible.
While there is no fast track to getting into the FN field these 6 steps will provide you with a basic understanding of what’s required of who think they may have what it takes to work in the field of flight nursing.
1) Attain your high school diploma or GED
The first step you’ll have to take towards working in the nursing field is to get your diploma or GED.
Before you’re able to being taking the nursing program you’ll have to show proof of your high school education.
Once you’ve completed this step you can move on to step number 2.
2) Find an accredited college or university that has a four-year BSN degree in nursing and apply.
Once you have completed the first step you’ll need to locate a college or university that offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Depending on the college or university you choose they will have their own prerequisite and GPA demands that you must meet before you can apply for the nursing program.
You will have to take all of the necessary prerequisites before the school will give you acceptance into their program.
You must also maintain their GPA demands in order to qualify for the program. (If possible make an appointment with the guidance consular, school consultant or nursing teachers and identify any opportunities that may give you an edge at getting into the program.)
3) Complete the four-year BSN program.
Once you get accepted into the nursing program you’ll have to take four years worth of courses and pass the national licensing exam in order to get licensed as a registered nurse in your state.
If you are thinking of moving to another state check to see if your license transfers over or if you need additional training in order to be accepted in the other state.
4) Get a job at a hospital or health care organization where you can work in a critical care environment.
Depending on where you apply you may be required to work in an entry level position and gain experience before they will allow you to work in the critical care department.
Hospitals and organizations that hire flight nurses are looking for experienced registered nurses who have at least 3 – 5 years worth of training in the field of critical care.
Complete any required continuing education courses and obtain any certifications that are related to critical care and the field of flight nursing. .
Continue working in critical health care until you have acquired enough experience to apply for a position at a flight nursing organization.
5) Get certified as a flight nurse
This step is optional however there are several organizations that offer flight nurse certification which shows further proof that you are qualified to work in the field of flight nursing and have acquired the education and training necessary to perform you duties effectively and efficiently.
6) Apply for a flight nursing job
Congratulations! You’ve taken all of the educational requirements, training courses and certifications you need to become a flight nurse.
Now it’s time for you to find a job.
You can contact your local hospitals or health care organizations, or see if your school offers a placement program for their students.