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Flight Nurse

A Flight or Transport Nurse takes care of patients who are being taken to hospitals or trauma centers on civilian and military aircrafts.
Required education
Average annual salary
React and make decisions quickly in demanding conditions.
Treat patients in their homes, during travel, or other non-hospital environments.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
You’ll take care of patients on rescue flights, after car accidents and in other emergency situations so you’ll need to be able to make decisions quickly.
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What you’ll do


You’ll provide medical care to patients who are often in a critical condition before, during and after air transportation.

Where you’ll work
  • Hospitals
  • Emergency rooms
  • Helicopters
  • Airplanes
How to become a Flight Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining 3–5 years’ experience in Critical Care.

You may also need some certifications, including Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Transport Professional Advanced Trauma Course.


Become a Certified Flight Registered Nurse through the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing.


You’re ready to work as a Flight Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Flight Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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Real Nurses Real Stories
Tim Lenth, RN, and his son Adam Lenth, RN, are air medical flight nurses. They must work together to administer care in high acuity situations — all while flying 145 miles per hour, hundreds of feet above ground, in the tight confines of a helicopter.
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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