Flight Nurse

Canandaigua, New York, United States Full-time

Job Summary

Utilizing critical care nursing experience to perform the duties of an air medical provider pursuant to the standards as set forth by Mercy Flight Central Medical Control Physicians.  Duties of an air medical provider include triage, assessment, prioritization and delivery of care needed that support MFC’s integrity and compassion, while providing critical care to the sick and injured. 

Scope of Practice

  • Obtain subjective and objective patient data, utilizing a systematic rapid primary assessment and prioritized secondary approach.
  • Formulization of care based on subjective and objective findings along with the working diagnosis.
  • Initiation of prioritized, appropriate, and timely interventions based on Mercy Flight Central (MFC) care standards, standing orders, and/or on-line medical control.
  • Evaluation of interventions performed, continual reassessment, evaluation and modification of care plan throughout patient transfer.
  • Utilization of Medical control for deviations of MFC flight care standards.
  • Provide information, comfort, psycho-social and physical support to patient and family as appropriate
  • Prevent and/or decrease environmental stress exposure to the patient.
  • Maintain professional communications and interpersonal skills with all members of the transport team and persons involved with the transport process.
  • Thorough documentation of patient care according to MFC policy and procedures
  • Proper radio communications
  • Complete flight debriefing, patient follow-up, and agency follow-up.
  • Complete physician’s order sheet for procedures completed with on-line medical control via EMS Charts documentation.
  • Upon completion of training, and with on line medical control for scene calls, advanced procedures for all patient populations may be performed. These skills include, but are not limited to, RSI, oral intubation, King Airway, surgical airway, needle crics, NG/OG insertion, Pericardiocentesis, chest decompression, ventilator management, IV, IO, blood administration, Foley insertion, and central line access.
  • Maintenance of equipment and supplies
  • Timely completion of shift duties
  • Participate in Quality Management
  • Participate in research development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Other duties as assigned

Summary of essential job functions

  • Participation in shift crew briefings
  • Accurate and timely completion of company time sheet
  • Maintain proficiency and currency in conjunction with company training programs
  • Perform pre and post-flight aircraft inspections to insure cleanliness and operability of medical and safety equipment according to NYSDOH regulations and MFC SOP
  • Perform patient care according to company “Standards of Care” and NYSDOH guidelines.
  • Completion of annual clinical requirements
  • Perform general housekeeping duties to insure cleanliness and functionality of work areas
  • Timely completion of assigned “Shift Duties and Responsibilities”
  • Participation in company Quality Management program
  • 100% attendance at company meetings
  • 100% adherence to quarterly skills requirement
  • Accurate and complete collection of flight reimbursement information
  • Accurate and complete patient care documentation
  • Adherence to company policies and procedure

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of three (3) years ICU or ED experience
  • Possess and maintain certification in:
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or Advanced Cardiac Life Support for the Experienced Provider (ACLS-EP)
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals (PEPP – Advanced Course), Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) or Emergency Nurses Pediatric Course (ENPC)
    • Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (CPR)
  • Possess, or obtain within 90 days of date of hire certification in the following National Incident Management System (NIMS) courses:
    • IS-700
    • ICS-100
    • ICS-200
  • Possess and maintain, or obtain in accordance with Mercy Flight Central Policy, course completion in one of the following Advanced Trauma Care Courses:
    • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Course Audit
    • Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)
    • Transport Nurse Advanced Trauma Course (TNATC)
  • Maintain License / proficiency per state and local standards:
    • NYS EMT or higher within 1 year of employment
    • NYS RN Licensure

Abilities Required

  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time in uncomfortable conditions
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. unaided
  • Must be able to endure long periods of adverse flight conditions, including, but not limited to: extreme temperatures, prolonged discomfort, and aircraft turbulence
  • Must be physically able to crawl in and out of the aircraft unaided, walk at least ¼ mile carrying 50 lbs. of equipment, and must be able to securely fasten all required aircraft restraints
  • Employee’s weight must not exceed 230 lbs

Company information

Mercy Flight Central operates BK-117 aircraft out of our Canandaigua, Syracuse and Rome area locations. Through a comprehensive and aggressive continuing education program, we are able to maintain high standards within the Air Medical transport industry. MFC is currently utilizing a HAL S3201 Advanced Tetherless Patient Simulator to enhance our simulation based education. Our education program prepares the air medical provider to use and understand our state of the art equipment; to include Terason portable ultrasound, Zoll X series cardiac monitor, and Hamilton T1 ventilator

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Flight Central provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.