JOB TITLE: Flight/Transport Paramedic/Supplemental
SUPERVISOR: Clinical Director/CFN, Program Director, AVP
I. POSITION SUMMARY:
A. GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
The Flight/transport paramedic demonstrates advanced knowledge, skills and understands the unique aspects of the population served in the care of his/her patients. Each service also requires specialized skills. The delivery of care is based on the physical, psychosocial, cultural, safety and learning needs of the individual patient. The flight/transport Paramedic may rotate to areas other than his/her assigned service area/s, and will perform only those duties for which he/she has demonstrated competency. The flight Paramedic performs delegated duties consistent with the scope of practice and functions within the philosophy and overall plan of care delivery at AIR LIFE. Utilizes critical thinking skills to deliver care to critically ill and/or injured patients aboard a variety of fixed wing aircraft, rotor wing aircraft and ground ambulances. Transports may be between medical facilities or directly from the scene of an accident or illness. Assists with marketing activities of program. Supports research projects.
B: DUTIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
A. Delivers care in accordance with established standards of care/scope of practice.
B. Provides direct patient care.
C. Documents care completely and concisely.
D. Maintains confidentiality of patients and records in accordance with AIRLIFE, Hospital and HIPAA policies and guidelines.
E. Must attend 80% of Flight staff meetings (4th Thursday of every month).
F. Professional Development/Self Growth.
1. Must acquire a minimum of ten hours of continuing education per year.
2. Maintains proficiency in clinical skills specific to flight medicine.
a. Oral intubation
c. Bougies/King Airway
d. Rapid sequence intubation
f. Intraosseous insertion
g. Needle thoracostomy
j. Peripheral IV insertion
k. Nasogastric insertion.
3. Recognizes own strengths and weaknesses and seeks help from appropriate sources as needed.
4. Takes initiative to share knowledge obtained from workshops and seminars.
G. Participates in AIRLIFE committees as directed by the Crew Managers/CFN/PD/MD.
H. Quality improvement.
1. Participates in unit-based Quality Improvement projects and studies.
I. Completes programs on Fire Safety, Infection Control, and Disaster Plans as directed by HealthONE policy and JCAHO and CAMTS.
J. Keeps current on new medical developments in critical care by reading professional journals and textbooks, working in critical care areas, making rounds to the hospital units.
A. Actively supports the mission of AIRLIFE and HealthONE.
B. Promotes and creates a positive team spirit. Willing to subscribe to AIRLIFE Rules of the Game including AIRLIFE’s principles and pillars (safety, service, people, quality growth).
C. Actively participates in local and national professional organizations.
D. Promotes cooperation within AIRLIFE, HealthONE, and outside agencies.
A. Provides clinical learning experiences to ancillary hospital personnel, EMT's and Paramedics/Nurses
B. Provides instruction in flight safety to hospital and pre-hospital personnel.
C. Presents patient cases at staff meetings.
A. Supports research process.
B. Collaborates with AIRLIFE Chief Flight Nurse and Medical Director:
1. Participates in research projects conducted by AIRLIFE.
2. Identifies and assists in the development of appropriate research projects.
3. Assists in data collection for research projects.
A. Maintains a customer service environment.
B. Participates in marketing activities and flights of AIRLIFE.
C. Act as "ambassador" of HealthONE.
D. Maintains a professional appearance/demeanor at all times.
E. Promotes harmonious working relationships within the HealthONE system and EMS agencies.
II. POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
A. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Demonstrates good organizational skills. Provides safe and appropriate patient care within the standards of care and guidelines set forth by AirLife. Displays appropriate judgment and problem solving skills. Communicates positively and professionally with all internal and external customers.
Five years of transport experience required. Previously flight experience preferred. Able to articulate and demonstrate knowledge of critical thinking skills and practice. Able to articulate and demonstrate knowledge of critical care transport.
Five years acute care minimum. Prefer previous critical care or flight transport experience. Able to articulate and demonstrate knowledge of emergency medicine/critical care theory and practice. Able to articulate and demonstrate knowledge of critical care transport.
D. LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, REGISTRATION
Current Colorado Certified Paramedic. Current BCLS, ACLS, PALS, and NRP required at time of hire. NREMT, F-PC in order to obtain critical care endorsement for state of Colorado (CCP-C). Critical Care endorsement by State of Colorado required at time of hire.
III. DEGREE OF SUPERVISION REQUIRED
Able to work independently and autonomously with practice guidelines and medical policies and procedures with minimal support or supervision within scope of practice.
IV. ORIENTATION PERIOD
Based on experience and continuous assessment of progress of Director, Assistant Director/Chief Flight Nurse, Educator and Medical Director. Orientation ranges between 16-24 weeks. Orientation includes formal hospital and department orientation of 2-4 days during first 2 weeks of employment.
V. PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKING CONDITIONS
Must be able to work in highly dynamic environment with exposure to noise, vibration and weather extremes. Must be able to wear Night Vision Goggles (NVG’s) and helmets for extended periods of time in flight. The weight of each helmet is approximately 3.64 pounds with the additional weight of the NVG’s of 1.84 pounds.
1. Maximum weight of 250 lbs with all flight gear.
2. Weight proportionate to height.
3. Able to lift using proper body mechanics. Activities may include:
a. Lifting patients and equipment weighing up to 400 lbs. into and out of aircraft with assistance.
b. Carrying equipment (50 lbs.) over a variety of terrains without assistance.
4. May need to perform CPR for up to one hour without assistance.
5. Paramedics with chronic medical problems will require approval of AIRLIFE Medical Director/Program Director or Chief Flight Nurse before employment.
6. All employees must successfully complete a complete background check in accordance with HealthONE policy and procedure prior to employment.
7. Prior to employee, each applicant must submit to and pass the pre employment physical to include drug screening and physical exam in accordance with the HealthONE policy and procedure.
8. Pre-employment and annual medical screening will be completed by each flight paramedic and remain on file in employee health. If the employee does not want to complete the annual medical screening process through HealthONE employee health, they must take a copy of the medical screening form, along with the flight paramedic job description to their personal physician. The physician must send written notification for the employees file indicating they have completed the medical screening form. This must be completed annually.
9. Smoking and use of tobacco products are prohibited in AIRLIFE aircraft and facilities. Off-duty use of such products is strongly discouraged.