Flight Nurses are members of the aeromedical evacuation team. They are responsible for providing comprehensive nursing care for all types of patients during aeromedical evacuation and airlift flights. They coordinate with, and make recommendations to staff agencies concerning aeromedical plans. They are responsible for the planning of the aeromedical mission as well as, collaborating with appropriate agencies and personnel concerned with conduct of the mission.
They prepare the patient positioning plan to facilitate patient enplaning, nursing care, comfort, and safety. They are there to evaluate individual patient in-flight needs and requests, appropriate medications, supplies, and equipment. Once patients are on board, the Flight Nurse provides continued nursing care from origination to the destination facilities. During flight they monitor and evaluate patient condition and reactions to stresses of flight and initiate appropriate interventions as needed, as well as annotate in-flight patient records. They are also responsible for preparing and maintaining plans for patient evacuation from the aircraft in case of an aircraft emergency.
Reserve medical units typically meet a minimum of one weekend each month. Additionally, each unit performs a 15-day period of active duty (also called an annual tour).
- Must be a graduate with an associate or baccalaureate degree, or certification from a nationally recognized nursing accreditation agency. Nurse applicants must also have a baccalaureate degree in nursing (nationally accredited BSN program).
- Possess a valid U.S. or U.S. territory Registered Nurse license.
- Successfully complete a flying class medical examination.
- Be accepted by the medical unit commander and Air Force Reserve Surgeon General.
- Pass a security investigation.