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The Pittman Course: Flight & Critical Care Paramedic Review (Las Vegas)

FAQs About Critical Care and Flight Paramedicine
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What about the flight jobs out there?

  • There are over 200 programs that fly with a paramedic on board.
  • There are over 3,000 flight paramedics in the US.
  • The most common crew configuration is Nurse/Paramedic
  • Most air medical programs are hospital based.
  • Programs are centered primarily in urban areas.
  • The average position turnover is 3-5 years.

What are the real risks of a flight job?

  • Hearing loss from the constant exposure to engine noise in excess of 120 dB.
  • The risk of contracting an infectious disease.
  • Back injury and other lifting related injury.
  • Exposure to heat and exhaust fumes.
  • Crash risks are minimal yet present

What special training may help me?

  • National Registry Paramedic certification.
  • Instructor certifications in ACLS, ITLS, PHTLS, PALS etc
  • Experience in a high volume 911 system.
  • Experience in critical care, inter-facility transport.
  • Emergency department or ICU experience.
  • Bachelor's degree or graduate studies.
  • Being up to date and well read on current literature.
  • Being up to date and well read on current research.

What do I need to get the job?

  • National Registry and State level Paramedic certification.
  • Strong clinical decision-making skills.
  • CPR, ACLS, PALS, ITLS or PHTLS. Instructor certifications preferred.
  • In hospital experience, either in the emergency department or in a critical care unit.
  • Ability to function independently.
  • Strong diplomacy skills.
  • 3 - 5 years of experience as a certified paramedic in a busy EMS system.

How can I prepare for the interview?

  • Learn something about the system and the people who work there.
  • Dress like you're spending a day on Wall Street.
  • Bring along an extra copy of your resume.
  • Avoid telling people who work there how cool their job is.
  • Demonstrate your ability to problem solve and think on your feet.
  • Show your willingness to try new things, even at some risk.
  • Be able to contribute to many areas, not just your specialty: patient care.
  • Show that you are perceptive, innovative, practical and realistic.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Don't be afraid to show who you really are as a person.
  • Everyone who makes it to an interview is the same on paper -- this is your chance to be original.
  • Don't compromise your integrity for the sake of a single interview. There will be others.
  • Regardless of how you think it went, write a follow-up letter thanking the interviewer for his or her time.