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MedCorps said:As does Orange in Ontario does when doing pediatric transport.
Again in reading the training that pilots from Orange get they might argue with you,
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Loachman said:I don't know of anybody else that puts nurses on helicopters.
Q: I am a Registered Nurse and wish to pursue a career as an air ambulance flight nurse. What do I need to qualify?
A: As per the Ontario Ambulance Act and current regulations, air ambulance operators do not employ, nor are able to employ, flight nurses. All air ambulance medical flight personnel are flight paramedics that hold Advanced Emergency Medical Care Attendant (AEMCA) certification and are aero-medically certified at the pre-hospital level. While several nurses have their AEMCA and aeromedical theory qualifications, they are not utilized nor recognized as nurses but rather as flight paramedics.
In addition, Ontario legislation does not allow for nurses to be substituted for flight paramedics on air ambulance flights. If a sending facility provides a nurse escort for outgoing patient treatment, they might use a flight nurse procurement company on a per-need basis. However all air ambulance flights must have a flight paramedic in attendance with the patient at all times, even if there is a registered nurse escort accompanying the patient. The flight paramedic is trained in emergency procedures and been trained on the specific aircraft's emergency procedures.
Loachman said:Do nurses ever crew wheeled ambulances?
Q: I am a Registered Nurse and wish to pursue a career as a paramedic. What do I need to qualify?
A: You would be required to attain certification as an Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA). Certification follows the successful completion of an Ontario paramedic program or by completing the Paramedic Equivalency process.
Registered Nurses in Ontario with at least 450 hours of land ambulance pre-hospital patient care experience are considered equivalent for the equivalency process. Registered Nurses with extensive experience in critical care areas (emergency, ICU) may receive up to 330 hours of credit towards the 450 hours of land ambulance pre-hospital experience. For more information please visit the Paramedic Equivalency section or contact the equivalency liaison.