Sanford AirMed provides emergency air ambulance services from the scene to the hospital, and emergent and scheduled transportation between facilities. We save lives in mid-air, caring for infants through adults when minutes count. We take off within minutes from Bemidji, Bismarck, Fargo, Dickinson, and Sioux Falls. Sanford AirMed has been in service for more than 40 years and has treated more than 70,000 patients. Our flight teams of registered nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists are ready to care for our patients aboard Sanford AirMed, specializing in adult, neonatal, obstetric and pediatric care. They have advanced training in cardiac, trauma, burns, stroke, sepsis, pediatric, obstetric and neonatal critical care. In addition, Sanford AirMed employs a staff of full-time pilots and mechanics to operate and maintain all aircraft.
The flight nurse is a registered nurse (RN) who is a clinical expert in an area of specialty; such as emergency medicine, neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care and maternal specialty care. Able to demonstrate critical thinking skills and autonomous practice when transporting critical patients and do so under potentially stressful conditions. The flight nurse will administer critical care nursing and treatment and determine the nature and extent of illness or injury to establish priority for required critical care nursing. Will assess the patient while in route to the emergency facility and administer additional care as indicated or given by approved protocols or medical direction. The flight nurse will deliver nursing care to patients prior to and during air and inter-facility and/or scene transport. Ability to tolerate various flight conditions including but not limited to altitude physiology, weather conditions, working within a pressurized aircraft and needing knowledge of effects on patient. The flight nurse will need to maintain a level of competency in order to remain knowledgeable of the equipment and its usage in the medical transport. Provide standardized patient care handoff to the receiving facility by completing extensive written documentation on patient condition and treatment provided. Knowledgeable and understand all applicable legal, moral and ethical issues surrounding the emergency medical service. Maintain communication with the patient and the family, comforts and reassures patients and be able to demonstrate concern and courtesy while maintaining confidentiality of the patients information. Flight nurses as outlined by AirMed protocols, and will have the opportunity to perform procedures within a hospital setting in various areas, including but not limited, to trauma codes and critical cases. Hospital setting opportunities will provide additional hands on training in certain areas of focus. Physical activities may require considerable use of arms and legs and moving of whole body; such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping and handling materials. Flight Nurses will be required to attend training classes to maintain any specialty certifications, state licensure, and keep abreast of new developments in the field, or maintain existing knowledge. In addition to training classes, the flight nurse will be required to obtain knowledge and perform advanced procedures and skills as outlined by AirMed protocols and maintain a high level of competency. Assist with teaching and educating others in patient care, air ambulance safety courses, helicopter landing, etc. Depending on location of position, work hours will vary depending on patient needs. This may include overtime, call, backup call, nights, days, weekends, and holidays.
Reviews patients' medical histories and applies them in assessment and diagnosis processes. Monitors patient's health conditions and records all medical related data, e.g. progress notes. Delivers written and oral communications that engage audience participants, respond to their questions and concerns, and produce specific outcomes and impact. Effectively delegates based on ones state practice act and an understanding of the concepts of responsibility, authority, and accountability Masters new ideas with minimal oversight. Monitors complex or unforeseen dependencies and responds accordingly. Uses a variety of resources such as feedback from patients, peers, colleagues, others to assess own abilities, interests, values, limitations, and future growth. Interprets vital signs and test results in order to make a diagnosis and craft a treatment plan. Promotes and focuses on team goals and accomplishments, collaboration, shared leadership and credit. Uses varying problem-solving approaches and techniques as appropriate. Assists in documentation of medical histories, symptoms, and vital signs for assigned patients. Deploys safety strategies in multiple and diverse environments.
Must be able to maintain a body weight of no more than 240 pounds.
Currently holds an unencumbered RN license with the State Board of Nursing where the practice of nursing is occurring and/or possess multistate licensure if in a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) state. National Certification related to specialty area to be completed within two years of hire. Obtains and subsequently maintains required department specific competencies and certifications, including certifications as required by AirMeds policy. Graduate from a nationally accredited nursing program preferred, including, but not limited to, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA). Bachelors Degree in nursing preferred. Minimum three years of experience as an RN in Critical Care area and/or in nursing specialty area. Continuing education is strongly encouraged and will follow AirMeds policy for continuing education guidelines. Individuals will continue to master all skill sets as outlined by AirMed policy.
About Sanford Health:
At Sanford Health, we are dedicated to the work of health and healing.
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We engage in medical research to not only discover innovative ways to provide care, but also cures for common diseases.
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