Medical Crew


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The medical flight crew consists of two flight nurses or a flight nurse and flight paramedic trained in aeromedical patient transport who possess specialized skills (intubation, surgical airway, needle thoracentesis, pericardiocentesis, transtracheal jet ventilation) for critical patients care. All flight nurses/paramedics should have a minimum of three to four years of critical care experience with currency in the following certifications:

  • Trauma Nurse Specialist or Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum
  • Prehospital Registered Nurse Certification
  • Basic Trauma Life Support or Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support or Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Provider

Many maintain national certifications such as Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), or Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) or Nationally Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C) in addition to the required certifications. Specialty teams are utilized for maternal (high risk obstetric) and neonatal (high risk premature infant) services. All members are actively involved in prehospital, hospital and regional staff education.

OSF Life Flight provides teams for critical care ground transport of patients as well. We will aid in arranging ambulance transportation with Flight RN support if indicated.

Want to be a flight nurse?

What could be more exciting! Providing quality critical care to the sickest of patients in a highly unstable transport environment. That's what flight nursing is, and its what's gaining popularity among critical care nurses who traditionally have worked in the ICU or Emergency Department setting.

Learn about the requirements in becoming a flight nurse