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Job Description: Accompany flight paramedic and pilot on air medical missions aboard Medivac helicopters. Duties include assessing injuries and administering critical care to rescue victims en route to emergency care facilities. Par for the course: on-call assignments and rough terrains.

Salary range: $35,000 to $70,000

Training: An R.N. degree and minimum three years critical care experience. Depending on the institution, certification in pediatric advanced life support (PALS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) are mandatory.

For the past five years, Wolfe has been a flight nurse with Medstar, an air medical transport service affiliated with Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Wolfe received his B.S. in nursing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He learned open-heart surgery nursing at Stanford University before returning to D.C. a year later, where he joined Medstar.

One of 16 flight nurses at the facility, 35-year-old Wolfe says, "After receiving a call we have five minutes to get ready to fly to a farm, highway or backyard with absolutely no idea of what the emergency is until we get there." Wolfe then has one hour (commonly referred to as the "golden hour") to assess, treat, stabilize and transport a patient to the hospital.

For more information about flight nurses, contact the National Flight Nurses Association, 216 W. Higgins, Park Ridge, IL 60068; 847-698-1733; or the National Flight Paramedic Association, 7136 S. Yale, Suite 300 Tulsa, OK 74136; 918-494-6646.
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Author:Robbins, April
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 1, 1996
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