What is a Certified Flight Registered Nurse? Do You Need One?

What is a flight nurse?

A certified flight registered nurse typically has the following qualifications:

  • Experience in providing critical care
  • RN license issued by states served
  • BLS certification or basic life support for health care providers
  • ACLS (American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life support) certification
  • ITLS (International Trauma Life Support) certification

What does a flight nurse do?

A flight nurse has the skills and training to take care of patients while they’re in transit, says Nurse Theory. For instance, if you’ve been on a vacation and you hurt yourself at any time during the trip, you might need help getting home especially if you’re going to board a plane.

How can a flight nurse help?

Flight nurses can monitor your status while you’re on the plane and watch out for any signs of trouble. If you have connecting flights, having an experienced and certified flight registered nurse by your side makes the transfer from one plane to another much, much easier on you. That also means less stress and anxiety for you and your loved ones. You won’t have to worry about getting jostled on the plane or having to watch out for other passengers who might be less than observant and impair you accidentally in any way.

What kind of assistance can you expect?

If your wounds need to be dressed or you need to take special medication during the flight, your nurse can administer the medication in the right dosage or tend to your wounds. Your nurse will also ensure that you remain stable and safe during the flight.

Do I need one?

If you or a family member has been injured, it might be prudent to hire the services of a flight nurse for the trip back home. It’s a valuable preventive measure, one that ensures your security or that of your loved one.

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