UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Specification for Class
FLIGHT NURSE, SENIOR
UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP
8909 (1199 NW/Airlift Registered Nurses)
CLASS SERIES CONCEPT
Provide professional nursing care in an air transport environment.
Use professional nursing principles, treatment techniques and established industry and organizational procedures to provide comprehensive and advanced life support care in a transport environment such as ground ambulance and fixed or rotor wing aircraft.
Under the general direction of the Chief Flight Nurse, possess a clear understanding of the operational policies and procedures and direct clinical practice in order to guide the day-to-day operations of ALNW, which may include:
Coordinating and overseeing daily operations at assigned base, triaging resources to ensure patient care and verifying that safety standards are met. Assisting with hiring, training and evaluating flight staff for assigned base, and assisting with developing and monitoring of base budget;
Assisting in the development, coordination and implementation of clinical education programs to develop knowledge and achieve competencies for clinical staff. Performing training needs assessments, developing training material, and conducting training sessions.
Provide safe and therapeutic care and coordination of services throughout the nursing process of assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation in accordance with written standards of care;
Prioritize patient care based on the urgency of patient needs, patient acuity, preference, and available resources; manage patient care through appropriate delegation, supervision, and resource management;
Formulate, coordinate and revise comprehensive individualized care plans to meet the needs of patients and families; interpret data about the patient’s status in order to identify each patient’s specific needs and provide care needed;
Maintain a safe environment for patients and staff; comply with specific UW Medicine policies for infection control;
Maintain effective communication with all members of the interdisciplinary care team and patients to assure optimal patient outcomes and positive service area environment;
Recognize, respond to and manage emergency situations according to standards; demonstrate proper identification and reporting of actual and potential errors;
Provide feedback, counseling, instruction, and guidance to staff; conduct annual performance evaluations and recommend disciplinary actions;
Coordinate an orientation program for new staff; precept newly hired flight nurses and orient new personnel to the department, as needed;
Plan and/or implement educational programs for staff and/or patients;
May function in the charge nurse role.
BSN Degree and five (5) years professional critical care nursing experience, or equivalent, and relevant state license to practice as a registered nurse; two (2) years air medical care experience; and national nursing certification and flight nursing certification within 24 months of employment.
New Class: 1-3-73 Revise Class/Title: 10-22-90 CSR Class Conversion (mc): 06-01-05 Revise Class/Title 3-22-17