Flight Nurse Salary
Flight Nurses in the United States can expect to earn an average of $29.51 per hour. Women Flight Nurses who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Flight Nurses like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Flight Nurse
A flight nurse helps transport sick or injured patients from place to place. There are a variety of certifications that are necessary to be an air nurse. The nurse must be a registered nurse where the company is based. Some of these certifications are ACLS, BLS, PALS, and advanced trauma. Years of experience with critical care is often required. Some companies will prefer the nurse to be a certified flight registered nurse, while others will allow the nurse to obtain this certification after being hired. The flight nurse should have graduated from an accredited school of nursing.Read More...
The flight nurse will work with other medical staff, which may include other nurses, paramedics, medical assistants, and doctors. The flight nurse should work to make sure that the patient’s vital signs stay steady during the flight. The patient should be reassured and kept emotionally calm during the flight, so it is important to be able to be compassionate and still maintain professionalism. The nurse may assess the patient’s status, administer necessary medicines, administer CPR when needed, and treat the patient’s wounds.
Since this job sometimes deals with emergency situations, it can be highly stressful. A person who can stay calm under pressure will fit this job best. A strong knowledge of medical equipment, medicines, supplies, and medical conditions is necessary. There are physical requirements that are needed, such as the ability to lift heavy items and the ability to bend, stoop, and stand for long periods of time. Hours may vary, as an air nurse is needed around the clock. A flight nurse may be required to work nightshifts, weekend shifts, or on-call shifts.
Flight Nurse Tasks
- Track and document patients' condition and respond as needed.
- Acquire and operate specialized equipment that may be required for patient transport.
- Provide for patient care before and during transportation while maintaining all flight crew safety policies.
- Supervise and coordinate assistants for care as needed.
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Popular Skills for Flight Nurse
Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Flight Nurses who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Flight Nurse, Trauma, Critical Care, Emergency/Trauma, and Flight Nursing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Flight Nursing. The majority of those who know Critical Care also know Flight Nurse, Trauma.
Pay by Experience Level for Flight Nurse
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $62K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $64K. Flight Nurses with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $78K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $90K.