AsstChiefMark
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Time To Change Jobs: Nurses In Aviation?

Sun May 22, 2005 2:43 pm

I've heard of registered nurses providing escorts for elderly and at-risk persons during commercial airline travel. An example that was given was: Grandma has diabetics, is nearly blind, has the beginnings of Alzheimer's Disease, and takes several medications during the day. She no longer can safely care for herself in her Minneapolis apartment. She and her daughter agree it's time to move into a nursing home. The nursing home is only 2 miles from the daughter's house. However, the nursing home is in Florida. Grandma doesn't require an air ambulance, but has too many health problems to be tended for by regular airline staff. A registered nurse is hired by the family (or Medicare) to escort and care for Grandma during the trip.

Has anyone heard of this? Thanks!

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RE: Time To Change Jobs: Nurses In Aviation?

Sun May 22, 2005 7:00 pm

I'm a communications specialist for STAT MedEvac, a airmedical company based out of Pittsburgh. We have 17 helicopter base sites, and three fixed wing aircraft (King Air 100, Lear 35, and 55). Besides that, we provide what is called a medical escort. If the patient is still considered able to fly commericially, a flight nurse will acompany the patient traveling first class, and have a medical bag with them, dressed in buisness attire. You'd have to call us here in the communications center for a quote, I'm not sure off hand. But it will be cheaper than scheduling a F/W, since that included the private jet, two pilots, a critical care nurse and medic, and ground arrangements on both ends.

http://www.statmedevac.com

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RE: Time To Change Jobs: Nurses In Aviation?

Mon May 23, 2005 2:51 am

Haven't seen that per say.

Often times in the bush a commercial flight will fly out a medivac of the person is walking. In a small community either a health aid(nurse) or an EMT will escort.

That being said, I know the twised sisters up here have been advertising for flight nurses for a while now.
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RE: Time To Change Jobs: Nurses In Aviation?

Mon May 23, 2005 4:48 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Thread starter):
Has anyone heard of this?

There are quite a few organisations which do exactly what you describe, as well as medical repatriations where a full air ambulance is not required.

Skiing injury patients are one particular source of such requirements for a trained nurse where there may be the need to administer medication or check dressings in-flight but a dedicated aircraft isn't needed.

They generally operate exclusively as clients for insurance companies.
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RE: Time To Change Jobs: Nurses In Aviation?

Mon May 23, 2005 10:49 am

Not quite the same as what you've brought up, but in Canada, the first "stewardesses" in the airline industry had to be nurses.
 
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RE: Time To Change Jobs: Nurses In Aviation?

Mon May 23, 2005 10:51 am

Quoting PacificWestern (Reply 4):
the first "stewardesses" in the airline industry had to be nurses.

...that's the way it still should be. Instead, now they just get whomever applies and just do basic training. They have NO idea how to help someone who is very ill mid-flight.
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RE: Time To Change Jobs: Nurses In Aviation?

Mon May 23, 2005 4:06 pm

Quoting CORULEZ05 (Reply 5):
...that's the way it still should be. Instead, now they just get whomever applies and just do basic training. They have NO idea how to help someone who is very ill mid-flight.

Acutally my company handles in flight emergencies anywhere in the world for Delta, and back up for United. They carry a basic bag of supplies and medications, and when they call we connect them with an emergency physician from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. From there, he gives orders and decides if the aircraft needs to be diverted.

Here's what we do - (thats me in the first picture, and on the third picture, far right)

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RE: Time To Change Jobs: Nurses In Aviation?

Tue May 24, 2005 2:29 pm

Quoting PacificWestern (Reply 4):
in Canada, the first "stewardesses" in the airline industry had to be nurses

It wasn't just Canada. The first "Boeing Stewardesses", in 1930 for the "80A", were all required to be RN's.



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