At Kalispell Regional Healthcare, our mission is to improve the health, comfort, and life of those we serve. We believe in a better future for healthcare. With more than 4,000 employees, we are the largest private employer in the Flathead Valley. As we continue to grow, we look for people dedicated to service and quality.
Provides pre-hospital, inter-facility professional nursing care as part of the ALERT air ambulance team in collaboration with the flight medic and on-line medical control physician. Coordinates care with other disciplines, especially other pre-hospital providers. Services neonatal, pediatric, adult, OB high risk and geriatric populations. Works in collaboration with the pilot to provide safe flight operations. Is expected to work in the Emergency Department when not involved in flight operations. Is expected to be self-motivated and attend monthly critiques and special training sessions.
1. *Performs comprehensive assessment of patient on admission or first contact in accordance with Flight policies and procedures and the unit (ED/Flight) specific standards.
2. *Demonstrates ability to continually assess and reassess each patient by identifying problems, implementing interventions, and evaluating patient’s response. This will be evaluated primarily by chart/documentation review.
3. *Chart completion to be done in conjunction with involved Flight Paramedic. Develops and sends follow-up letters to all facilities ALERT transported to or received patients from.
4. *The Flight Nurse will complete required Flight specific competencies each year. This includes, but not limited to, any mandatory educational requirements such as: Clinical Validation Days, ACLS, PALS, BLS, NRP and Trauma Course currency. Flight equipment competencies including but not limited to: avalanche training, swift water training, winter survival, OB/ NICU, CRM, NVG, water egress, QuickTrach, Glide Scope, E-Z-IO, infusion pumps, transport ventilators, etc.
5. *Minimum of four (4) intubations per year.
6. *Demonstrates professionalism by meeting the expectations of Flight Nurse’s leadership role by: teaching or arranging for educational session as Critique Nurse as assigned, assisting the Flight Medical Director with chart reviews, QC stats, arranging/posting Critique Meeting when Critique Nurse for assigned month.
7. *Minimum of two (2) contacts with assigned pre-hospital area units.
8. *Responsible for assisting with loading/unloading patients to and from the helicopter as well as fixed wing. Will transport patients to the helicopter by gurney or stretcher which may require traversing over rough and uneven terrain.
9. *Works in collaboration with the Flight Paramedic for all aspects of patient care: Monitor, IV, EKG, Intubation, Suction, Ventilation, Vent application, IV pumps, IV drips, Medication administration, Defibrillation, Pacing, CPR, Needle Chest Decompression, IO Needle insertion, patient packaging (c-collar, backboard, traction splints, other splints), hypothermia treatment, hyperthermia treatment, patient extrication when needed, patient carry-outs from remote locations (may involve hiking, 4-wheeler, horse, boat, wheeled-litter, snowmobile, etc.).
10. *Adheres to ALERT Critique Attendance Policy #AL245e to ensure currency on protocols, policies and procedures, educational topics, safety issues, and chart reviews, which are mandatory to maintain a current flight status.
11. When required, will transport psych patients from KRMC ED to Pathways via ground ambulance.
1. Current Montana RN License.
2. BSN preferred
3. Current Healthcare Provider CPR, ACLS, NRP, PALS Certification and Trauma Course (PHTLS or ATLS audit) certification or ability to obtain within 6-months to a year of employment.
4. TNCC or TERN preferred or equivalent as approved by Chief Flight Nurse.
5. EMT or higher or previous pre-hospital experience preferred. Current CEN/CFRN preferred.
6. Prior flight experience preferred.
7. Must satisfactorily complete pre-requisites before flying. See ALERT RN orientation procedure for complete list.
• Minimum five (5) pre-hospital ambulance runs in lieu of no previous flight experience.
• Minimum five (5) endotracheal intubations under direct physician supervision.
• Completion of aircraft safety review with pilot.
• Satisfactory completion of minimum of five (5) rotor flights and 3 fixed wing flights under direct supervision of a flight nurse. May vary at discretion of Chief Flight Nurse
8. Must satisfactorily meet and maintain Flight Crew requirements
• All current Flight Crewmembers will continuously meet the stated physical requirements to remain in flight status.
• Maximum body weight with flight gear (flight suit, jacket, boots, helmet: approximately 10#): 250 lbs.
• It is the responsibility of each crewmember to know the physical requirements and to notify their immediate supervisor if they do not meet these requirements at any time.
Kalispell is a dynamic community located within a thirty-minute drive of Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, Glacier National Park, several National and State forests and parks, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness area. Kalispell is the retail, professional, medical, and governmental center of the Flathead Valley serving approximately 140,000 people in Northwest Montana.