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Becoming a Certified Flight Registered Nurse

For nurses seeking a change in their career, the demand for flight nurses is growing along with an aging population, as more people with medically sensitive conditions join the travelling public. More people are in need of direct nursing when they travel for a variety of conditions that make it inadvisable for them to travel alone or without a trained medical professional. RNs and BSNs can add a sought-after certification to their resume and travel the world at the same time.

What is a CFRN?

A flight nurse is a nurse trained to undertake nursing duties either in a helicopter or in a fixed-wing aircraft. Any RN with an unrestricted license can take the exam, though it is recommended that they have two years of flight nurse experience. A BSN is not required, any RN with a nursing diploma can qualify. Most employers want nurses to have at least a few years of experience in emergency medicine and a Basic Life Support certification, as well as certifications in the following:

  • Certified Emergency Nurse or Certified Critical Care Nurse

  • Transport Professional Advanced Trauma Course

  • Advanced Pediatric Life Support

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Most people do not expect to find a Certified Flight Registered Nurse outside of the military, or life-flight and air ambulance services, but demand has been growing for some time for civilian care on commercial airlines and private aircraft. Flight nurses travel with people who need their services whether young or old. For instance, a flight nurse may accompany a senior with Parkinson’s disease to see family in another country, or accompany a family bringing their child to a hospital for a transplant.

In both cases, the patients need more care than their families, or the airline, is capable of providing. Flight nurses are responsible for monitoring the patient, administering medicines and care as needed while enroute to their destination.

Do You Have what It Takes?

Good nurses can go anywhere, and that’s one of the perks that makes nursing so appealing. As you can see from the above information, experienced nurses are preferred. This makes it ideal for military nurses leaving the service, or for nurses with specialties in critical care, pediatric trauma, and emergency room experience. The next phase of your nursing career could be taking off! Find out more about becoming a flight nurse, and apply to work with the best!