Becoming a flight nurse requires years of experience understand and taking care of patients an intensive care field.
Many health care facilities and organizations require those looking to become a flight nurse to have at least 5 years of experience as a registered nurse (preferably with a bachelor’s degree) in an intensive care setting along with taking continuing education courses and obtaining specific certifications.
In order to become a registered nurse most colleges and universities require students to take a set number of prerequisites before applying for their nursing program and most nursing programs take at least 2 – 4 years to complete, but can easily take longer depending on the number of classes you take each semester.
When you factor in all of these elements into becoming a flight nurse it is easy to understand that most registered nurses who are looking to become flight nurses don’t apply for positions as flight nurses until their mid 20’s or later.
Some registered nurses have even been known to apply for positions as flight nurses while in their 40’s.
Since different hospitals and organizations have different age limit requirements (if any) the best option would be to contact those individual locations in your area to get an accurate answer.
In addition to an individuals age limit/restrictions companies and facilities who hire flight nurses also look at physical ability, health status, weight and height in determining whether or not an individual is fit to become a flight nurse.
And because different environments require different levels of physical demand ie. civilian flight nurses (city/suburban/mountain) vs military flight nurses (war zone/station/operational) each of these factors contribute towards a flight nurses ability to perform their job effectively.
When it comes to the maximum age limit flight nurses are able to work there aren’t any specific limits that may force a flight nurse to stop working in his/her field unless specified for by the health care facility they work for.
Some have even been known to work in their profession into their mid-late 50’s however factors such as the organization they work for, the organizations work restrictions, the flight nurses physical/mental capabilities (health) and education level, and a number of other factors may all play a role in determine a registered nurses ability to become a flight nurse at a later age.