University of Washington


University of Washington

Aug 6th, 2022
$ 6064 / Month
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Seattle, WA
Flight Nurse – Airlift Northwest – Wenatchee.

This opening is for 90% FTE, rotating/variable shifts.

Airlift Northwest, the preeminent medical transport service in the Pacific Northwest, has one mission: to improve health and serve communities by saving lives wherever needed, 24 hours a day – every day.

The Flight Nurse is accountable for the completion of all Airlift Northwest work assignments. They are responsible for the safety of patients prior to and during transport to medical care facilities. This includes provision of basic, as well as advanced life support measures required to stabilize the critically ill or injured patient. The position requires proficiency in neonatal and pediatric critical care nursing and knowledge of the adaptations necessary for patient management in the aircraft and during flight. The Flight Nurse must also be familiar with aircraft operating procedures and safety practices. The ability to establish positive interpersonal and professional relationships are essential.


1. Safety is the flight nurse’s first priority. As such, you must comply with all published safety policies and procedures. If you observe an unsafe practice or condition in any aspect of organization, you must initiate reporting and resolution of the issue. This may include submission of safety concern forms to ALNW safety committee.

2. Will actively and positively participate in shift briefings, cabin checklists, debriefings and other procedures.

3. Acquires extensive working knowledge of policies, procedures and protocols related to the Airlift Northwest program.

4. Acquire and maintain strong knowledge base in critical care practice.

5. The Flight Nurse is accountable to the Chief Flight Nurse for adherence to written standards care and ALNW policies and procedures.
6. The Flight Nurse must be able to stabilize and manage patients involved in air transport. This includes field emergency stabilization, ICU inter-hospital interventions, as well as management of specific air medical problems in flight.

7. The Flight Nurse is expected to have knowledge of applicable sections
of the Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

8. Selects and prepares special equipment for transport according to patient
needs and aircraft used. Is responsible for checking bags, equipment and
aircraft prior to departure.

9. Prepares aircraft environment for anticipated patient needs on the outbound trip:
1) oxygen therapy, 2) equipment for airway management, 3) IV fluids,
4) specific medications and 5) other required treatments.

10. On arrival at referring site, introduces transport personnel, assists with
and directs stabilization procedures and preparation of the patient for flight.
Consults with appropriate medical control. Compiles necessary documents
and data to be transported with patient.

11. In-flight, is responsible for delivery of total patient care. The Flight Nurse
continually monitors patient status in coordination with another flight nurse,
and intervenes as necessary. The Flight Nurse maintains electronic and
written records of patient condition and care provided according to established
standards and guidelines.

12. The Flight Nurse assists in additional patient care as required on arrival
to the receiving hospital. All records and reports are transferred to
receiving personnel.

13. After transfer of the patient is complete, the Flight Nurse is responsible for
restocking flight bags and aircraft. Equipment must be cleaned and maintained
so that it is ready for the next flights. Any problems with equipment,
patient management or other agency personnel will be immediately reported
to the Airlift Administrator on Call and/ or the Medical Director as appropriate.

14. Completes flight records, computer charting, airway documentation tracking
and other quality improvement projects and data collection as required.

15. Participates in any debriefing meeting with Medical Director, Chief Flight Nurse,
Nurse Managers and other staff as appropriate when requested.

16. Attends no less than 6 scheduled flight team meetings per year. Is responsible
for the information provided in the minutes and educational content of the
flight nurse staff meetings.

18. Must maintain currency in all required licensure, certifications, professional
certifications, education, skills training and clinical rotations.

19. Participates in teaching and training of orientees.

20. Participates in public education programs and public relations functions.
Is responsible for a positive public image of Airlift Northwest at all times
while on duty.

21. Will uphold all Airlift Northwest policies and procedures related to
Compliance, HIPPA and all applicable federal, state and/or
local laws and regulations.

22. Other duties as required.

COMMENT: Extensive training of required skills, altitude and
flight physiology and stabilization standards will be provided.


1. Seasonal exposure to extreme cold and heat. Frequent temperature changes
from outside to inside.

2. Exposure to noise and vibrations during flight.

3. Exposure to hypoxia during flight.

4. Exposure to high-ionized radiation during flight.

5. Possible exposure to toxic/caustic chemicals during transport of patients who
have been exposed.

6. Possible exposure to dehydration, motion sickness, gas expansion, sudden
decompression during flight.

7. Possible exposure to undiagnosed communicable disease.


  • This position is open only to current Airlift Northwest RNs.
  • 1. B.S.N. preferred.

    2. Five years experience in adult critical care, Emergency department and/or specialty care areas.

    3. Patient transport experience preferred.

    4. Current license in Washington.

    5. Excellent physical health with full use of all extremities and no lifting limitations.
    No vision limitations or hearing deficit. The Flight Nurse must also be in
    excellent mental health with the ability to cope with extreme emotional and
    physical stress.
    BMI of 27 or less (appropriate weight for height scale, which is attached).

    7. Adherence to Airlift Northwest dress code.

    8. Adherence to all Airlift Northwest policies and procedures.

    9. Must be available on-call and as scheduled for both rotary and fixed
    wing aircraft. May be required to travel greater than 50 miles to assigned base.
    Airlift Northwest is a dynamic flight program which may, in the future, choose
    to position/move aircraft to distant locations.

    10. Refrain from drug/alcohol use 12 hours prior to and during all
    on-call assignment.

    11. Pre-employment physical required. Must meet the requirements
    of the Airlift Northwest Physical Job Description.

    12. Special Skills: advanced clinical assessment, prioritizing and stabilization
    skills. Ability to communicate well and promote positive interpersonal
    relationships with patients, families, health care and aviation professionals.
    Desire to promote and maintain favorable public opinion of the flight program.

    13. Two year commitment to the Airlift Northwest flight program.

    14. A current passport is a prerequisite to hiring. Must have passport available
    during all shifts. Must carry passport on all transports.

    15. PALS and NRP are preferred pre- employment. ACLS, ATCN required within first year of employment.

    16. Professional certification (CCRN/CEN/CFRN etc.,) required pre-employment.

    Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450or [email protected]


    Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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