LifeMed Alaska, the state’s premier provider of Ground and Air Medical transportation, is currently seeking qualified applicants for Flight Nurse positions in Anchorage. LifeMed Alaska routinely transports patients from rural Alaska to tertiary care centers across the state as well as major cities in the continental US and internationally. LifeMed Alaska operates bases in several communities around Alaska and employs more than 100 employees. LifeMed Alaska provides a competitive benefits package (including medical with vision, dental for the employee and eligible dependents, 140 hours of employer-paid continuing education per year, a generous retirement plan, paid time off after 90 days of employment, life, disability and other accident insurance options for the employee and eligible dependents, an employee assistance program, and pre-tax medical and childcare reimbursement programs), supports work/life balance, and is a smoke-free workplace.
LifeMed Alaska is looking for a nurse with current critical care experience to join our team. A LifeMed Alaska flight nurse is responsible for assisting in planning, providing, evaluating and documenting direct patient care including those patients with complex and involved care needs outside the hospital setting. The environment where care will be provided will include rotor wing, fixed wing, ground ambulance and hospital. The nurse must maintain a safe, therapeutic and organized environment and demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate for all patient populations. All duties and care provided will be performed in accordance with LifeMed Alaska policies and protocols. All care delivered during transport will be implemented within the written treatment protocols approved by the Medical Director or treatment guidelines received in consultation with on-line medical control.
A day in the life…
Our flight nurses are partnered with talented flight paramedics and typically work eight to ten 24-hour shifts per month. We offer options to trade shifts to increase flexibility in scheduling so that employees can plan occasional extended vacations or gain experience at different bases.
Our Anchorage crews fly in a Learjet 35 or Beechcraft King Air 200, caring for patients with a full range of critical care conditions. Transport may take the crew to remote villages, larger cities and hospitals within Alaska, or facilities in the Lower 48. Our patients count on our flight crews to be a calming presence in situations that are new and can be frightening for them and their loved ones, in addition to the quality healthcare we are known for.
Our flight crews have the opportunity to contribute to achieving overall company objectives by participating in committees, sharing ideas to improve quality of care and increase efficiency, and working shifts at our other Alaska bases. We are currently working together to maintain our CAMTS certification, which provides flight nurses the opportunity to influence processes, internal communication systems, and other aspects of the business as we set the stage for the continued success of LifeMed Alaska.
To be successful in this role, you must enjoy working in a quickly-changing environment as a part of a team and be comfortable identifying and implementing the best possible solutions, even if you don’t have all of the information. If you are a strategic risk-taker who is able to put the patient first at all times, this may be the role for you.
Education and Experience:
Must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing program with a minimum of an Associate’s degree. BSN is preferred.
A minimum of four years current nursing experience as a registered nurse in emergency or critical care nursing. Combination of education and experience will be evaluated for equivalence.
Previous flight experience preferred.
Current and valid Alaska Drivers License (within 30 days of hire) and Passport required.
Must have or obtain State of Alaska nursing license within 90 days of hire. Current BLS, ACLS, PALS certification. Must obtain Alaska State Medevac Certification, STABLE, NRP, TNATC or ATCN, and CFRN within 12 months of hire.
Other Qualifications: Must be able to effectively demonstrate mastery in the use of monitoring and treatment equipment, including cardiac monitor/pacer/defibrillator, IV pump, I-Stat portable blood gas analyzers, transport ventilators etc. Will maintain skills such as endotracheal intubation, needle thoracotomy, chest tube placement, 12?lead EKG interpretation, central and arterial line placement and monitoring, and multiple IV drip administration. See educational guidelines for frequency and number of skills required per year. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills and able to work in a team environment. Must maintain ability to pass repeat background checks and ability to possess an identification badge issued by the base location airport security.
About LifeMed Alaska
LifeMed Alaska is the state's premier provider of Ground and Air Medical transportation. With a workforce of over 120 in communities from Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to Alaska's Interior and now in Alaska's Southeast, we give the best air medical crews in the state – if not the country – the opportunity to support critical care patients during transports from rural Alaska to tertiary care centers across the state, major cities in the Lower 48, and internationally.